[Ads-l] corpulent

Mark Mandel mark.a.mandel at GMAIL.COM
Sun Jun 10 01:33:31 EDT 2018

The link I gave for the description of Asimov's essay was to the wrong
article. The correct link is <
According to that, the essay attributes the misrecognition as Irish Gaelic
to "a receptionist of Irish descent".

Mark Mandel

On Sat, Jun 9, 2018, 7:16 PM Dan Goncharoff <thegonch at gmail.com> wrote:

> In the story, Asimov is trying to memorize the name of the compound, and
> realizes its rhythm is the same as that of "The Irish Washerwoman". He is
> repeating it to himself out loud as he goes about his day, and at one point
> an old Irish woman hears him and says, "Ah, you know it in the original
> Gaelic!"

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