Niagara Falls = "Niffles"

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at YAHOO.COM
Thu Dec 21 15:46:21 UTC 2006

I should have glossed that. Col. Edward M. House was Wilson's closest political and diplomatic advisor during and immediately after World War I.


"Mark A. Mandel" <mamandel at LDC.UPENN.EDU> wrote:
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JL quotes a 1929 letter to Time Magazine:

During the War it was an Englishman who said the Americans were worse than
the English in the difference between spelling and pronunciation. "You spell
it W-i-l-s-o-n and pronounce it 'House,'" he remarked.


Is that a reference to US politics? (Wilson was President during World War
I.) If not, I don't get it at all.

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