[Ads-l] Rocket City

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Mon Mar 20 18:53:12 EDT 2017

On Sat, Mar 18, 2017 at 6:58 AM, Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at gmail.com>

> Sometime around 1980 a fellow grad student referred to Knoxville as "Knox
> Vegas," for no reason that I could see.

The trivializing of the art of punnery is sadly, one of my own failings.
So, my guess - and I’d bet money on it - is that the mere fact that “Knox
Vegas” is vaguely reminiscent of “Las Vegas” struck this fellow as
sufficient motivation for not only coining this pointless pswaydo-pun, but
also for inflicting it upon his nearest and/or dearest.

My late wife suffered through a quarter-century of that crap with great
good humor.

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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