[Ads-l] Shuddering Crime

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Wed Jun 17 19:35:15 UTC 2020

Google provides two other examples of shuddering crimes, that of “burning a Christian at the stake” and "the use of the wrong knife or fork” (the latter from Kate Langley Bosher’s 1911 story, “Miss Gibbie Gault”). Hard to know which category the North Koreans had in mind for us. Knowing their obviously strong feelings in this matter, our transgressions are probably serious enough to rank with the latter.  


> On Jun 17, 2020, at 1:39 PM, Andy Bach <afbach at GMAIL.COM> wrote:
> From the North Korea spokesperson: " [the destruction of the liaison
> office was a] reflection of the zeal of our enraged people to punish
> human scum who challenged the noblest dignity and prestige of our
> country and those who sheltered the scum, perpetrators of shuddering
> crime."
> I admit, I am impressed with the pupleness of their prose. Found an
> poem "The Thames" (by F.C.) in "The Drawing Room: or, Ladies Book of
> Fancy Needlework and Choice Literature" magazine, Vol 1 (1848):
> https://books.google.com/books?id=DlcEAAAAQAAJ&pg=RA1-PA141&lpg=RA1-PA141&dq=%22shuddering+crime%22&source=bl&ots=52j7Qsbo9Z&sig=ACfU3U1Vrx7ngV6XILVChbNJRbYyOMYnUQ&hl=en&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwjTqvTfr4nqAhW4RTABHaCBAngQ6AEwAnoECAUQAQ#v=onepage&q=%22shuddering%20crime%22&f=false
> ...
> Thou hast seen wonder in thy time,
> Has tempted Folly to her death,
> Hast shaken hands with shuddering Crime-
> Companion they beneath?
> I suppose they could've had a subscription.
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