[Ads-l] Saying: (Sex/love making) is the most fun you can have without laughing

ADSGarson O'Toole adsgarsonotoole at GMAIL.COM
Sat Jun 16 14:35:40 EDT 2018

Nigel Rees discussed the saying in the subject line in his April 2018
newsletter. Fred Shapiro and Ralph Keyes have also addressed this

The Most Fun You Can Have Without Laughing

Previous researchers noted that H. L. Mencken included an instance in
his 1942 compendium "A New Dictionary of Quotations on Historical

[Begin excerpt]
Love is the most fun you can have without laughing.
Author unidentified
[End except]

I've located an instance that I hypothesize was bowdlerized within a
1938 column by Walter Winchell:

[Begin citation]
1938 January 25, Wilkes-Barre Times Leader, On Broadway Walter
Winchell, Quote Page 24, Column 6, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania.
[End citation]
[Begin excerpt]
The latest definition of necking: How you can have the most fun
without laughing.
[End excerpt]

Citations providing further illumination would be welcome.

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