[Ads-l] The peasants are revolting (Comic: The Wizard of Id)

Mon Jun 5 00:27:11 EDT 2017

The version I recall hearig from a Russian-American friend many years ago had a closing snapper:

—The peasants are revolting.
— I know, they’re nauseating.
— But they’re penniless.
— So what, I’m Nicholas.


> Date:    Sun, 4 Jun 2017 14:31:04 -0400
> From:    ADSGarson O'Toole <adsgarsonotoole at GMAIL.COM <mailto:adsgarsonotoole at gmail.com>>
> Subject: Re: The peasants are revolting (Comic: The Wizard of Id)
> Back in March, I initiated a thread about a line in the comic "The
> Wizard of Id". Now there is an article on the Quote Investigator
> website on the topic:
> “The Peasants Are Revolting” “You Can Say That Again”
> http://quoteinvestigator.com/2017/06/03/revolt/ <http://quoteinvestigator.com/2017/06/03/revolt/>
> [Begin acknowledgment]
> Great thanks to Fred Shapiro whose inquiry about famous quotations in
> comic strips led QI to formulate this question and perform this
> exploration. Special thanks to the mailing list discussants: Randy
> Alexander who found the “The Marvelous Land of Oz” citation, Jeff
> Prucher who located the Pogo citation, and James A. Landau who found
> an instance of the 1955 joke. Thanks to Barry Popik for his research
> on this topic. Also, thanks to Arnold Zwicky for his linguistic
> analysis and presentation of several examples.
> [End acknowledgment]

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