[Ads-l] Adage: Old age sure ain't for sissies

ADSGarson O'Toole adsgarsonotoole at GMAIL.COM
Tue Dec 3 11:02:42 UTC 2019

I was asked to explore the saying in the subject line, and the results
are presented here:

The excellent Dictionary of Modern Proverbs has an entry for the
saying with a first citation dated 1969. Here is an April 1968

[ref] 1968 April, Reader's Digest, Volume 92, Life in These United
States, Start Page 81, Quote Page 82, Column 2, The Reader's Digest
Association, Pleasantville, New York. (Verified with microfilm) [/ref]

[Begin excerpt]
. . . one old gentleman detailed his stomach distress--all with
considerable general comment. "Well, it just proves one thing, Hilda,"
one woman finally said to her neighbor. "Old age sure ain't for
--Ruth S. Hain (Castro Valley, Calif.)
[End excerpt]


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