long walk ...

Victor Steinbok aardvark66 at GMAIL.COM
Mon May 17 15:51:59 UTC 2010

You may want to try varying the prepositions. I've heard versions with
both "off" and "down". This is one of the few cases where the use of
wildcards in Google may actually work.


On 5/17/2010 9:05 AM, David Barnhart wrote:
> Yesterday, in the presence of a "friend" I suggested was contemplating a
> long walk.  He said "on a short pier."  The earliest quote I've found for
> that is 1952.  Not all my resources are handy here.  Does anyone have
> earlier evidence?
> Regards,
> David

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