[Ads-l] folk aphorism?

Parish, James jparish at SIUE.EDU
Sun Dec 1 20:04:43 UTC 2019

Mark Mandel wrote:
> Which reminds me of
> (https://en.m.wikiquote.org/wiki/Mae_West)
> When I'm good, I'm very good. When I'm bad, I'm better.
> *I'm No Angel* (1933)

I seem to recall a parody of Longfellow's "girl with a curl" poem, 
although I can't recall where I saw it: "When she was good she was very 
very good, and when she was bad she was terrific."

Jim Parish

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

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