Antedating of "Striptease"

Barbara Need bhneed at GMAIL.COM
Wed Apr 23 11:29:48 UTC 2014

Getting caught up:

Actually, Marsh's sotry involves sheep—and wool, lots of wool.


Barbara Need
Etna, NY

On 13 Apr 2014, at 10:13 AM, Laurence Horn wrote:

> On Apr 12, 2014, at 10:40 PM, Shapiro, Fred wrote:
>> "Died" is in the original.
> Right; I was assuming the typo (or eggcorn) was in the original; I
> can imagine similar reanalyses today (a sort of blend of "dyed in
> the wool" and "die-hard", if you prefer), but they're hard to search
> because of all the times the phrase is used in titular puns for
> mystery or crime novels involving knitting and/or sheep, including
> one by Ngaio Marsh.  (No doubt New Zealand is a prominent venue for
> many such mysteries.)  This one, though, doesn't seem to involve
> sheep but it is in the general spirit of the 1931 Billboard cite for
> "striptease":
> "I am a died-in-the-wool old fuddy-duddy, and i don't get all the
> fuss over Miley Cyrus"
> LH

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