[Ads-l] Drama Critic Motto: Leave no turn unstoned

ADSGarson O'Toole adsgarsonotoole at GMAIL.COM
Mon Dec 4 17:01:01 EST 2017

Great! Thanks for all the excellent comments and citations. I plan to
follow-up with a short piece concerning "tern unstoned" and "stern
untoned". Both quips were printed before Ogden Nash's poem. Here is a
1942 citation for "stern untoned", but the interpretation is not clear
to me.  Perhaps someone can explain.

[ref] 1942 July 27, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Section: Daily Magazine,
Don't Take My Word for It By Frank Colby, Quote Page 19, Column 6,
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Newspapers_com)[/ref]

[Begin excerpt]
Fluttertongue heard on a recent newscast: "In their desperate quest
for oil, the Nazis are leaving no stern untoned!"
[End excerpt]


On Mon, Dec 4, 2017 at 3:37 PM, MULLINS, WILLIAM D (Bill) CIV USARMY
RDECOM AMRDEC (US) <william.d.mullins18.civ at mail.mil> wrote:
> The QI site has 8/29/1899. A slight antedating:
> _Dallas Morning News_ 8/17/1899 p 6 col 5
> " “Your experience in vaudeville, then, was not very pleasant?” Hi Tragerdy was saying.
> “No,” replied Lowe Comerdy; “at Oshkosh they threw rocks at each one of us as we came on for our acts.”
> “Pretty severe way of showing their disapproval.”
> “Yes; in their efforts to impress us with their utter disgust they left no turn unstoned.“-Standard and Catholic Times"
> And an antedating of the Shaw connection:
> Washington DC _Evening Star_ 2/16/1930 sec 2 p 2 col 5
> "This broadcaster had occasion to invite G. Bernard Shaw to "take the air" over the Columbia Broadcasting System's transatlantic radio circuit.  The time available was a Sunday
> Afternoon.  "G. B. S." sent back a characteristic refusal:  "I never take Sunday jobs" was his Coolidgesque reply.  Shaw's "The Apple Cart," a characteristic gibe at British politics, is one of London's box-office successes, despite hostile criticisms  at the time of its production.  "G. B. S.'s" definition of dramatic critics remains one of his most gorgeous gems -- "A dramatic critic is a man who leaves no turn unstoned." "
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