Safire: "... You cannot say 'more *woman*'; ..."

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Tue Mar 20 03:04:59 UTC 2007

Actually, he was a *manish* boy, as attested to not only by Muddy's
own pronunciation, but also by the labels on the original 78 and 45
Chess-records. The "corrected" resppelling, "mannish," is quite
recent, dating not much farther back than the past twenty years or


On 3/19/07, Mullins, Bill AMRDEC <Bill.Mullins at> wrote:
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> >In a similar syntactic vein, Bo Diddley specified himself as being
> >"500% _more man_ / [and] can lay more pipe than a plumber can" back in
> >1965.
> And of course, Muddy Waters was a "mannish boy".
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