[Ads-l] sherpa

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Tue Feb 14 10:02:50 EST 2017


But eighty is the new sixty-three.

JL

On Mon, Feb 13, 2017 at 10:18 PM, Wilson Gray <hwgray at gmail.com> wrote:

> On Sun, Feb 12, 2017 at 8:58 AM, Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at gmail.com>
> wrote:
>
> > I must have been forty before I discovered that "Sherpa" was a tribal,
> not
> > an occupational, designation.
> >
>
> You mean to say that it *doesn’t* mean "porter, bearer, guide," or some
> such, in Nepalese?!!! :-(
>
> Hmm. Rather, it’s from Tibetan words, _Shar Pa_, that mean "Eastern Folk."
>
> And I’m only weeks away from my _eightieth_ birthday.
>
> "Better late than never," to coin a phrase.
>
> --
> -Wilson
> -----
> All say, "How hard it is that we have to die!"---a strange complaint to
> come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
> -Mark Twain
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