Can you say "Mesopotamia"?

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Mon Nov 19 18:32:31 UTC 2012

>From Neil Postman's _Amusing Ourselves to Death_  (and wotta way to go!)
(N.Y.: Viking Penguin, 1985), p. 54:

"Of [George] Whitefield [1714 -1770, American evangelist] it was said that
by merely pronouncing the word 'Mesopotamia,' he evoked tears in his

Cf. "moist." ( A different kind of tears, to be sure.)


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