[Ads-l] No soap

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Sun Sep 4 11:55:27 EDT 2016


> On Sep 4, 2016, at 9:23 AM, Parish, James <jparish at SIUE.EDU> wrote:
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> The "Link not found" page has links to recent posts, including "no soap", on the right.
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> Jim Parish

Indeed, although no coverage of "No soap--radio".  The wiki-entry for this is reasonably comprehensive, including one version I remember from childhood, involving polar bears in a bathtub.  There was another one involving not a bathtub but icebergs passing each other at the equator, leading inevitably to the punch line.  

LH

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> The "no soap" link doesn't work for me.
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> JL
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> On Sun, Sep 4, 2016 at 4:02 AM, Michael Quinion <
> michael.quinion at worldwidewords.org> wrote:
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>> Among the pieces posted this weekend to my website is one on the
>> Americanism /no soap/: https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.worldwidewords.org_qa_qa-2Dnos1.htmI&d=CwIFAg&c=-dg2m7zWuuDZ0MUcV7Sdqw&r=wFp3X4Mu39hB2bf13gtz0ZpW1TsSxPIWYiZRsMFFaLQ&m=hO1sOyj2L-_9EXnyT_FqAFAUJL0I_Y7olCO5WmNAiuM&s=8YdP93WLKnhGXGWMejz0noaTrOXd0JE1mycqAFQN7sQ&e=  . I
>> suggest an origin among US Navy recruits during the First World War. (A
>> couple of relevant citations antedating the OED are included in the piece
>> but I have others on file.) Comments on the suggested origin will be most
>> welcome.
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>> I've also written about the US sense of /nimrod/ as an inept person:
>> https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.worldwidewords.org_qa_qa-2Dnim1.htm&d=CwIFAg&c=-dg2m7zWuuDZ0MUcV7Sdqw&r=wFp3X4Mu39hB2bf13gtz0ZpW1TsSxPIWYiZRsMFFaLQ&m=hO1sOyj2L-_9EXnyT_FqAFAUJL0I_Y7olCO5WmNAiuM&s=BBRXVJDTEVKTJvhewdPK28ZIzxD19atbxq-wnDK4BRc&e=  . Comments likewise most
>> welcome.
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