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

ADSGarson O'Toole adsgarsonotoole at GMAIL.COM
Sun Oct 2 14:46:59 EDT 2016


Thanks for the responses Doug, Robin, and Charlie. The sibling simile
was applied to the consumption of tasteless veal in 1854.

Year: 1854
Book Title: Table Traits, with Something on Them
Author: Dr. Doran (John Doran)
Publisher: Richard Bentley, London
Chapter: The Materials for Dining
Quote Page 155

https://books.google.com/books?id=6IthAAAAcAAJ&q=%22as+kissing%22#v=snippet&

[Begin excerpt]
It is poor food at any time; but the German veal is the most tasteless
of meats. There, indeed, is applicable the smart saying of that ardent
young experimentalist who declared that eating veal was as insipid an
enjoyment as kissing one's sister!
[End excerpt]

Garson

On Sun, Oct 2, 2016 at 2:02 PM, Douglas G. Wilson <douglas at nb.net> wrote:
> 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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