[Ads-l] At least JB will appreciate this

George Thompson george.thompson at NYU.EDU
Sat Jul 8 15:08:25 EDT 2017


The rest of you can only envy him.

I was looking for something in a database of digitized 18th century
newspapers when I came upon a story captioned "Adverbs from the West
Indies."  I'd always wondered where our adverbs came from, so I naturally
opened the story with great anticipation.  Turns out, the caption really
read "Advices from the West Indies."

Oh, well.

GAT

-- 
George A. Thompson
The Guy Who Still Looks Stuff Up in Books.
Author of A Documentary History of "The African Theatre", Northwestern
Univ. Pr., 1998.

But when aroused at the Trump of Doom / Ye shall start, bold kings, from
your lowly tomb. . .
L. H. Sigourney, "Burial of Mazeen", Poems.  Boston, 1827, p. 112

The Trump of Doom -- affectionately (of course) also known as The Dunghill
Toadstool.  (Here's a picture of one.)
http://www.parliament.uk/worksofart/artwork/james-gillray/an-excrescence---a-fungus-alias-a-toadstool-upon-a-dunghill/3851

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