[Ads-l] Miscellany

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Tue Jan 1 21:08:57 EST 2019


> That was sufficiently elegant to make the point.

That was the guy's argument from back in the day: no need to "gild the
lily," to coin a phrase.

On Tue, Jan 1, 2019 at 6:32 PM Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at gmail.com>
wrote:

> My grandparents said only, "'I see,' said the blind man."
>
> That was sufficiently elegant to make the point.
>
> JL
>
> On Mon, Dec 31, 2018 at 6:11 PM Wilson Gray <hwgray at gmail.com> wrote:
>
> > Interesting that there are _two_ different completions. Many years ago,
> ca.
> > 1961, it was *vociferously* argued to me that the saying was simply, "'I
> > see,' said the blind man," and any addition or extension or other
> > modification was an absolute abomination.
> >
> > Youneverknow.
> >
> > On Sun, Dec 30, 2018 at 6:43 PM Amy West <medievalist at w-sts.com> wrote:
> >
> > > On 12/29/18 00:00, ADS-L automatic digest system wrote:
> > > > Date:    Fri, 28 Dec 2018 02:20:47 -0500
> > > > From:    Wilson Gray<hwgray at GMAIL.COM>
> > > > Subject: Re: Miscellany
> > > >
> > > > So, you see no distinction between "_go_  through the roof" and "_be_
> > > though
> > > > the roof"? A father saying, "When she said yes, I went through the
> > roof"
> > > > and a boyfriend saying, "When she said yes, I was through the roof"
> > have
> > > > the same meaning?
> > > >
> > > > "I see," said the blind man, as he picked up his hammer and saw.
> > >
> > > ". . . to his deaf wife" is the usual completion of "'I see, 'said the
> > > blind man', for me.
> > >
> > > ---Amy West
> > >
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> > -Wilson
> > -----
> > All say, "How hard it is that we have to die!"---a strange complaint to
> > come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
> > -Mark Twain
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-- 
-Wilson
-----
All say, "How hard it is that we have to die!"---a strange complaint to
come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
-Mark Twain

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