[Ads-l] "we ... _ourself_"

George Thompson george.thompson at NYU.EDU
Sun Jul 29 02:07:42 UTC 2018

After breakfasting at the American, one of the numerous cars attached to
the Locommotive furnished us a seat in which we had but little more than
comfortably reposed ourself, when our door was opened, and several heads
obtruded themselves, with the cry, “Any passengers for the west” —“The old
line packet boat goes in half an hour”— “The best line goes at 3 this
afternoon”—&c. &c
North River Times (Haverstraw, N.Y),  July 24, 1835

He'd started in Albany, taken a train west, and woken up in Schenectady by
the obtrusive canal boat touts.


On Sat, Jul 28, 2018 at 5:41 PM, Wilson Gray <hwgray at gmail.com> wrote:

> Summer's Eve TV commercial:
> "We women are redefining _ourself_."
> --
> -Wilson
> -----
> 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
> ------------------------------------------------------------
> The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

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 -- also known as The Dunghill Toadstool.  (Here's a
picture of his great-grandfather.)

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

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