[Ads-l] Another "bull shit" sneaks in (1916)

Ben Zimmer bgzimmer at GMAIL.COM
Fri Dec 18 18:11:51 EST 2020


That's the one in Bonnie's tweet, which she linked to.

https://twitter.com/btaylorblake/status/882690499995422721

On Fri, Dec 18, 2020 at 6:04 PM MULLINS, WILLIAM D (Bill) CIV USARMY CCDC
AVMC (USA) <0000099bab68be9a-dmarc-request at listserv.uga.edu> wrote:

> Another:
>
> 1922 _The Greenville [SC] News_ 17 Dec  5B/4
>
> [quoted as typeset in columns]
> "Lyons received with Mesdames
> Louise Sherfessee, Fred Mc-
> A. Mcand bull shit in the hole
> Cullough, Fred Carpenter, J. A.
> McPherson, Frank League,
> Frank Hipps and Mrs. Walter
> McBee."
>
>
> https://www.newspapers.com/image/188164517/?terms=%22bull%20shit%22&match=1
>
> ----
>
> Some more shit.  The first one is a typo on the part of the typesetter
> (possibly intentional?), as the story
> can be found in other newspapers with "horses shot under him".  But once
> found, it was too good to
> omit.
>
> The Buffalo American (Buffalo, New York)13 Oct 1921, ThuPage 3
> 1921 _Buffalo [NY] American_ 13 Oct 3/5
>
> "A small boy taking an examination in American history handed in the
> following composition:
>
> 'General Braddock was killed in the Revolutionary War.  He had three
> horses shit under him, and
> a fourth went through his clothes.' "
>
>
> https://www.newspapers.com/image/255006375/?terms=%22horse%2Bshit%2Bunder%22
>
> 1924 Olean NY _Times Herald_ 15 Mar 5/3
>
> "wv4zS horse shit horse shit horsesh" [filler text at end of a column]
>
> https://www.newspapers.com/image/35398355/?terms=%22horse%2Bshit%22
>
> Burlington Weekly Free Press (Burlington, Vermont)20 Dec 1906, ThuPage 13
>
> 1906  _ Burlington [Vt] Weekly Free Press_ 20 Dec 13/5
> [sub headline]
> "State Grange Poured Hot Shit into
> Ranks of Lawmakers by
> Resolution."
>
> https://www.newspapers.com/image/145359460/?terms=%22hot%2Bshit%22
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
> > ________________________________________
> > Ben Zimmer has written about early and odd appearances in American
> > newspapers of "bull shit" (and similar):
> > Caution-https://stronglang.wordpress.com/2015/01/02/when-shit-hits-the-
> > newspapers/
> >
> > Here's another example of a mischievous typesetter sneaking it in. (I'm
> sorry,
> > but I just love stuff like this.)
> >
> > >From a short notice about SUCCESSFUL FARMING, "the Best Agricultural
> > Magazine in the World," here's a message from its publisher. (This
> appeared
> > in The World-Wide War, Pawhuska, OK, 4 March 1916, p. 4.)
> >
> > --------------------
> >
> > It is our desire to serve you    As a subscriber I want you to have the
> > benefit of any information, advice or assistance I or any one connected
> with
> > Successful Farming can give you, or suggestions as to ways in which our
> > organization can and will gladly assist you. Our editors are practical
> farmers
> > and they are in close touch with the greatest American agricultural
> > authorities. Bull shit.
> >
> > I hope you will keep these things in mind as you read Successful Farming
> > from month to month, and know we are at your service at all times. If any
> > copy of your magazine should fail to reach you, let us know.
> >
> > Again thanking you for your subscription, wishing you every success, and
> > hoping to hear from you from time to time, I remain,
> >
> > Sincerely yours,
> > SUCCESSFUL FARMING.
> > E.T. Meredith, Publisher.
> >
> > (Caution-
> https://www.newspapers.com/image/585033322/?terms=%22bull%20shit%
> > 22&match=1
> > )
> >
> > --------------------
> >
> > What's also comical about this is that the editor of The World-Wide War
> then
> > goes on to write about Successful Farming in glowing terms.
> >
> > (Some years ago I tweeted about an appearance of "bull shit in the hole"
> in a
> > 17 December 1922 description of a polite Christmas reception, of all
> things,
> > Caution-https://twitter.com/btaylorblake/status/882690499995422721?s=20.
> > Happy holidays to all.)
> >
> > -- Bonnie
> >
>

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