[Ads-l] shoot one's wad (1860)

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Wed Aug 9 10:15:18 UTC 2017

Even so, the two vols. of _Anecdota Americana_ (1927, 1934) together
contain *one thousand* dirty jokes.

They provide the foundation of Legman's massive two-volume analysis of the


On Tue, Aug 8, 2017 at 11:35 AM, Baker, John <JBAKER at stradley.com> wrote:

> I think that jokes, and especially dirty jokes, were told much more
> frequently in the past.  Probably a key reason is the rise of discount
> brokerage.  Back when stockbrokers offered a much more personalized
> service, individual stockbrokers (once known as customers’ men, but now
> known as registered representatives) would call up their customers and
> start out with a joke.  This was actually a key vector in the dissemination
> of new jokes.  But brokerage commissions are too low today to justify
> calling customers in the hope of getting an order.
> John Baker
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> Actually the date is 1934 (vol. I was 1927).
> 1934 "J. Mortimer Hall" _Anecdota Americana_ II (rpt. N. Hollywood: Brandon
> House, 1968) : He no sooner mounts me than he shoots his load and is
> through.
> It must have taken many, many years to compile this collection of dirty
> jokes - unless they were a lot more commonly told than they are now.
> JL
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