Actionable Offenses

Jesse Sheidlower jester at PANIX.COM
Thu Jan 10 17:52:31 UTC 2008

On Thu, Jan 10, 2008 at 09:47:59AM -0800, Jonathan Lighter wrote:
> You wouldn't be meaning:
>   1888 _The Stag Party_ (n.p., n.d.) [unp.]: Why is the bird hammering for worms on an old dry tree like a boy making water?
>   He does it with his little pecker!
>   Eugene Field may have edited or helped edit this book, poss. in Chicago.

No, I had a different example from elsewhere in this source.

However I've learned (since I originally sent the message)
that OED had had the cite above but failed to verify it, and
so it was suppressed; but it looks to me like the researcher
checked a different source by accident. Am investigating, but

Jesse Sheidlower

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