[Ads-l] on accident

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Sat Jun 18 02:05:06 UTC 2016

On Fri, Jun 17, 2016 at 12:10 PM, Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at gmail.com>

> Please do not lock door on accident."
> Clearly infl. by "on purpose."

Not if you're colored, unless, perhaps, during slavery. "On accident" is
just the way that "by accident" is said, just as, e.g. one gets a "crook"
in one's neck. fTrhere's no use in talking to anyone about it. As the Bible
doesn't say, "In vain have i instructed my bruz, for they have not received
All say, "How hard it is that we have to die!"---a strange complaint to
come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
-Mark Twain

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