[Ads-l] gay avoidance

James A. Landau JJJRLandau at NETSCAPE.COM
Wed Aug 22 10:07:38 EDT 2018

Then we must do something about the Civil War song "Tramp Tramp Tramp"

In the prison cell I sit, Thinking Mother dear, of you,
 And our bright and happy home so far away,
 And the tears they fill my eyes
 Spite of all that I can do,
 Tho' I try to cheer my comrades and be gay.

 Tramp, tramp, tramp, the boys are marching,
 Cheer up comrades they will come,
 And beneath the starry flag
 We shall breathe the air again,
 Of the freeland in our own beloved home.[2] 

Not only does it use "gay" but also "tramp" and "come", giving an odd view of Civil War prison camps.

Also, with regards to "blowhard" --> "Hornblower Brennan", does anyone remember the one-time Wall Street firm of Hornblower and Noyes (actually Hornblower & Weeks, Hemphill, Noyes)?

- Jim Landau

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