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

ADSGarson O'Toole adsgarsonotoole at GMAIL.COM
Wed Nov 14 15:50:43 EST 2018


The Quote Investigator website now has an entry discussing the
punchline mentioned in the subject line:

“Does It Hurt?” “Only When I Laugh”
https://quoteinvestigator.com/2018/11/14/laugh-hurt/

[Begin acknowledgment]
Great thanks to Jonathan Lighter whose inquiry led QI to formulate
this question and perform this exploration. Thanks also to researchers
Stephen Goranson and Peter Reitan. Lighter, Goranson, and Reitan all
found valuable citations. Reitan found the earliest strong match in
1934 and 1935. Additional thanks to discussant Joel S. Berson.
[End acknowledgment]

Feedback welcome
Garson

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