[Ads-l] At least JB will appreciate this

George Thompson george.thompson at NYU.EDU
Sat Jul 8 19:08:25 UTC 2017

The rest of you can only envy him.

I was looking for something in a database of digitized 18th century
newspapers when I came upon a story captioned "Adverbs from the West
Indies."  I'd always wondered where our adverbs came from, so I naturally
opened the story with great anticipation.  Turns out, the caption really
read "Advices from the West Indies."

Oh, well.


George A. Thompson
The Guy Who Still Looks Stuff Up in Books.
Author of A Documentary History of "The African Theatre", Northwestern
Univ. Pr., 1998.

But when aroused at the Trump of Doom / Ye shall start, bold kings, from
your lowly tomb. . .
L. H. Sigourney, "Burial of Mazeen", Poems.  Boston, 1827, p. 112

The Trump of Doom -- affectionately (of course) also known as The Dunghill
Toadstool.  (Here's a picture of one.)

The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

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