spinning in the grave

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Sat May 14 22:24:10 UTC 2011

On Sat, May 14, 2011 at 5:17 PM, Jonathan Lighter
<wuxxmupp2000 at gmail.com> wrote:
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> I just posted a message that featured the comment, "The Founders are
> spinning."
> OED doesn't have it. OK, but neither does it have to "spin in one's grave."
> Yet the cliche', to "turn over in one's grave" seems just as absent.
> I'm guessing I noticed "turn over..." by 1970; "spin..." ten or fifteen
> years later; plain "spinning" only in the 21st Century.
> JL
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