[Ads-l] Profiting without honor

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Sun Jan 29 01:40:30 EST 2017

On Sun, Jan 29, 2017 at 1:04 AM, Ben Zimmer <bgzimmer at gmail.com> wrote:

> "If you don't like my peaches, don't shake my tree."

This et sim. are still falling trippingly from tongues. OTOH, I've never
heard "kid-man" used by anybody more recent than Lizzie "Memphis
Minnie" Douglas, 1897-1973. Indeed, I know the term only from old records
and from books on dialect and slang, never having heard it spoken.

Of course, "Lovey Dovey" is part of my lost youth. I was sixteen when it
was released and I owned it on a 78. 78's were considered to be superior to
45's, WRT sound, in those days, just as, today, "connoisseurs" consider
analog recordings on vinyl to be superior to digital mp3's.
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

The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

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