[Ads-l] Modern Proverb: Tie - like kissing your sister

Douglas G. Wilson douglas at NB.NET
Sun Oct 2 14:02:52 EDT 2016


On 10/1/2016 1:17 PM, ADSGarson O'Toole wrote:
> ...
>
> Below is the same simile in April 1892 applied to typewritten letters
> from sweethearts. This citation is a couple months before the one
> listed by Barry, but the ascription, acknowledgement, and text are the
> same.
>
> Date: April 3, 1892
> Newspaper: The Times
> Newspaper Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
> Article: Observations
> Acknowledgement: From Kate Field's Washington
> Quote Page 14, Column 5
>
> https://www.newspapers.com/image/52505724/?terms=kissing
>
> [Begin excerpt]
> Observations
> >From Kate Field's Washington
> Reading a typewritten letter from your sweetheart is like kissing your sister.
> [End excerpt]
--

Another analogous item, from Google Books, 1871:

<<Champagne without ice is like kissing one's sister-in-law -- it's 
insipid.>>

... apparently spoken by a female character in the novel "Not Wooed, But 
Won".

-- Doug Wilson

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