[Ads-l] Saying: "I see, " said the blind man, as he picked up his hammer and saw.

Dan Goncharoff thegonch at GMAIL.COM
Thu Jan 3 15:40:46 UTC 2019

Isn't the occupation solely driven by the zeugma?

Hub and spoke
Hammer and saw

On Thu, Jan 3, 2019, 10:31 AM Amy West <medievalist at w-sts.com wrote:

> On 1/3/19 00:00, ADS-L automatic digest system wrote:
> > [Begin excerpt]
> > Here is a remarkable case. The other day a wagon maker who had been
> > dumb for years, picked up a hub and spoke. =E2=80=94Binghampton
> Republican.
> *This* I find interesting: that lack of speech is the associated
> disability with being a wheelwright (more strictly speaking). To me, it
> does not seem an occupational handicap, like being blind for a
> carpenter. Thinking more on them, being deaf is not as disabling for a
> sheepherder as being dumb/mute (having to call to dogs); being a
> noseless fisherman would be a plus (not smelling the fish!).
> All interesting comments on/associations with the occupations.
> ---Amy West
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