Alexey I. Fuchs c0654038 at TECHST02.TECHNION.AC.IL
Thu Sep 9 09:24:39 UTC 1999

I do not know whether O.Wilde said this or no, but it certainly seems very
unlikely. The phrase sounds like a cheap American stand-up comedy style
joke, that turned out to be funny afterwards, not like the delicate jokes
with several layers that Wilde used to make. Can anybody think of a
quotation by Wilde in which he uses the F-word? I can hardly imagine that.
And of course, the sentences "Water? I never touch the stuff..." are
purely American, you can almost hear the dumb drums and artificial
laughter behind the scenes.
Maybe I am wrong, can anybody provide a reference to this or similar
quotations in Wilde?

On Wed, 8 Sep 1999 GRADMA at UVVM.UVIC.CA wrote:

> I have always heard the "Water? I never touch the stuf..." attributed to
> Oscar Wilde. Somehow it does seem like something that he would say.
> Barbara Harris

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