[Ads-l] Bogus Poe attribution

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Mon Jun 26 19:35:14 EDT 2017

On Fri, Jun 23, 2017 at 2:06 PM, Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at gmail.com>

> Well, I swan.

You've said a taste! "Swan," indeed! Having heard this said in the 'hood
for the past 75 years or so, I had been under the impression that it was
nothing more than a street-level folk-saying. I had no idea that a giant of
American literature had written it. I made the same mistake WRT "What goes
around comes around," taking it to be merely an annoying,
pswaydo-intellectual catch-phrase used by a single member of the Los
Angeles black demi-monde with whom I had the misfortune to be acquainted,
from whose leaden tongue, "You got to bring ass to get ass" would have
fallen more trippingly.

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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