[Ads-l] the gift that keeps on giving

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Tue Dec 12 20:10:50 EST 2017


> I must mean "STDs"!

Once upon a time, "social disease," preferred both by my mother and by her
mother, was more P.C. than "venereal disease." But "VD" was commonly used,
whereas I don't recall a single instance of "SD." FWIW, when I gear "the
gift...," I think, specifically, "genital herpes."

On Mon, Dec 11, 2017 at 11:12 AM, Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at gmail.com>
wrote:

> Earliest?:
>
> 1924 _Seattle Daily Times_ (Dec. 10) 4: The Christmas gift that keeps on
> giving through every month of the year.  A VICTROLA.
>
> 1924 _Trenton Evening Times_ (Dec. 18) 2: The gift that keeps on giving is
> the best gift of all. The Christmas Victrola will give you entertainment
> for every day in the year!
>
> 1924 _Times-Picayune_ (N.O.) (Dec. 17) 12: "The Gift That Keeps on Giving"
> [Victrolas are illustrated.]
>
>
> By the 1970s, the cliche' had become a sardonic descriptor of chronic
> venereal disease. (Oops! I must mean "STDs"! "Venereal" involves love!).
>
> JL
>
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