"Freedom of stench"

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Thu Sep 3 20:27:44 UTC 2009

At 4:09 PM -0400 9/3/09, Bill Palmer wrote:
>Thank you Joel
>It seems like 945 years ago that I was taking a course in Anglo-Saxon from
>Prof Edw. A. Stephenson @ Old Dominion U. (it  was actually in 1963) As I
>should have expressed it..."I remember from when I was studying Anglo-Saxon
>about 45 years ago....etc"
>It is really hard to sneak anything past you guys. In the words of Satchel
>Paige (I think)..it's like trying to slip sunrise past a rooster.

I wonder where that came from.  I first heard it from a broadcast of
a ballgame, probably courtesy of Vin Scully for the Brooklyn Dodgers
(talk about 945 years ago): "Trying to slip a fastball by [I think it
was Hank Aaron] is like trying to slip sunrise past a rooster".  But
no idea where it originated.  Fred, do you have that one?


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