[Ads-l] "Only When I Laugh!"

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Sat Nov 10 16:38:03 EST 2018

This may be the earliest printed ex. in the U.S.:

1943 _Midland Journal_ (Rising Sun, Md.) [6]:

                                             NO EXAGGERATION
The old man loved to spin a yarn around the general store stove.

"Well, sir," he was saying this time, "so there I was - pinned to the tree
by fifteen Injun arrers. And there I stayed for nigh a week."

"Uh-huh," put in a young fellow, winking at the others, but didn't the
arrows hurt you?"

The old man fixed him with a baleful eye. "Nope, son, only when I laughed."


On Fri, Apr 12, 2013 at 2:43 PM Joel S. Berson <Berson at att.net> wrote:

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> At 4/12/2013 11:32 AM, Stephen Goranson wrote:
> >6 July 1940
> >...The toughest man I've heard of was a gentleman who had the
> >misfortune to run into an assegai in the Zulu War.
> >"does it 'urt much?" asked his mate?
> >"Only when I laugh," he answered.
> So can we antedate it into the 19th century?  And which Zulu War?
> Joel
> >
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> >Stephen Goranson
> >www.duke.edu/~goranson
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