[Ads-l] sherpa

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Tue Feb 14 13:00:13 EST 2017


> On Feb 14, 2017, at 10:02 AM, Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM> wrote:
> 
> But eighty is the new sixty-three.
> 
> JL

Reminds me of a birthday card I saw earlier this week (or maybe it was a Valentine’s Day card) with the legend “70 is the new 69”.

LH
> 
> 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
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>> 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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