[Ads-l] QOTY

Andy Bach afbach at GMAIL.COM
Thu Sep 27 12:48:57 EDT 2018


> As far as QOTY candidates, my current favorite is "This is a tough
hurricane, one of the wettest we've ever seen from the standpoint of
water.” From the usual source, of course.

Perhaps paraphrasing a Dufflepud
“Ah, you've come over the water. Powerful wet stuff, ain't it?”
― C.S. Lewis, The Voyage of the “Dawn Treader”
<https://www.goodreads.com/work/quotes/3349054>

On Wed, Sep 26, 2018 at 6:36 PM Laurence Horn <laurence.horn at yale.edu>
wrote:

> > On Sep 26, 2018, at 3:57 PM, Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM>
> wrote:
> >
> > There are lots, aren't there?
> >
> > Bret Stephens in yesterday's N.Y. Times:
> >
> > "[Ted Cruz is]  the type of man who would sell his family into slavery if
> > that’s what it took to get elected. And...he would use said slavery as a
> > sob story to get himself re-elected."
> >
> > This is a more amusing variation of the classic ex. of "ad
> misericordiam,"
> > viz. a man convicted of murdering his parents pleads for mercy on the
> > ground that he is a poor orphan.
> >
> This one I’ve encountered as an ostensive definition of “chutzpah”.
>
> As far as QOTY candidates, my current favorite is "This is a tough
> hurricane, one of the wettest we've ever seen from the standpoint of
> water.” From the usual source, of course.
>
> LH
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