victor steinbok aardvark66 at GMAIL.COM
Mon May 16 20:03:43 UTC 2011

I absolutely do not doubt it. I am sure the message has been preserved in
that other medium that we usually avoid--film. Watching some
early-to-mid-70s police TV shows might help. There are usually posters in
the background, sometimes buttons on the more colorful hippie characters.
And, of course, they could show up in dialog.

I expect, one of these days, the OUP will buy a giant transcription machine
and will run all available DVDs through it. Then they'll make it searchable.
That won't address the images and printed text that appears on the screen,
but it's a start. Well, we can all dream...


On Mon, May 16, 2011 at 3:54 PM, Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at>wrote:

> Prompted by the cites, I will swear  that the long "Roses are red" form is
> exactly what I heard in 1967-68. The crazily failed rhyme made it even more
> hilarious.
> The speaker was a high-school friend named John McKendrick.
> JL

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