Joel S. Berson Berson at ATT.NET
Sun Feb 7 18:01:38 UTC 2010

My apologies for sending styled text -- once again, I forgot to turn it off.


At 2/7/2010 12:26 PM, Dan Goncharoff wrote:
>It may be a bit too much for you, but ffolliott, with the small initial
>'f', is authentic, as any peerage site will tell you.

I was testing you. And did you miss my "two much"? :-)


>On 2/7/2010 11:21 AM, Joel S. Berson wrote:
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>>Subject:      Re: ffolliott
>><font size=3>At 2/7/2010 10:32 AM, Jonathan Lighter wrote:<br>
>><blockquote type=cite class=cite cite="">When I was ten or eleven I saw
>>an old movie on TV that contained the<br>
>>following bit of dialogue. It always stuck in my mind, which shows that
>>that age your kid's fate is sealed.<br>
>>I'm posting it because I just saw the movie again for the first time
>>and it confirmed my recollection. Till now I had no idea what movie it
>>because this was the only part I remembered:</font></blockquote><br>
>>Of course, you don't tell us what movie it is. "Foreign
>>Correspondent" (1940), one of Hitchcock's classics.  (ffolliott
>>is a bit two much, doubling all of the consonants in his surname. 
>>But what do you expect of a character played by George Sanders.)<br><br>
>><blockquote type=cite class=cite cite=""><font size=3>Johnny Jones: This
>>is Scott ffolliott, newspaperman same as you....Mr.<br>
>>Haverstock, Mr. ffolliott.<br>
>>Scott ffolliott: With a double 'F'.<br>
>>Johnny Jones: How do you do?<br>
>>Scott ffolliott: How do you do?<br>
>>Johnny Jones: I don't get the double 'F'.<br>
>>Scott ffolliott: They're at the beginning. Both small 'F's<br>
>>Johnny Jones: They can't be at the beginning.<br>
>>Scott ffolliott: One of my ancestors was beheaded by Henry VIII. His
>>dropped the capital letter to commemorate it. There it is.<br>
>>Johnny Jones: How do you say it, like a stutter?<br>
>>Scott ffolliott: Just a straight 'fuh'.<br><br>
>>There was, of course, the noted English historian"Charles
>>ffoulkes" [sic].<br>
>>His surname derives from the same source as that of Guy Fawkes, so
>>Mr. ffolliott's practice reflects that of Mr. ffoulkes's
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