laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Wed Nov 8 07:48:56 UTC 2000
>my favorites were the extended metaphor for a close race "hot and tight,
>as hot and tight as a [wet?] swimsuit on a two-[?]hour drive drive back
>from the beach," and the riff on "if," in response to his colleague's
>hypothetical scenario, "if a frog had side pockets he'd have [carry?]
>my mother is a transplanted southerner, and some of dan's extemporizing
>reminded me of hers. one difference: she will reel off half of
>_bartlett's familiar quotations_ without attribution; he at least
>mentioned "the good book" in connection with the race not always being won
>by the swift.
except I seem to recall Dan gave the quote in its unabridged form:
"The race is not always to the swift nor the battle to the strong,
but that's the way to bet"
--which I believe is Damon Runyan's riff on the biblical passage.
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