[Ads-l] Quip: Rhyme does not pay

ADSGarson O'Toole adsgarsonotoole at GMAIL.COM
Tue May 5 00:33:39 UTC 2020

Dorothy Parker received credit for the statement in the subject line
by June 1938, but it was already in circulation. The earliest close
match I've located appeared in 1934 within a column by Martin A. Gosch
in the “Evening Courier” of Camden, New Jersey.

[ref] 1934 January 16, Evening Courier, By Gosh! by Martin A. Gosch
(Courier-Post Radio Editor), Quote Page 16, Column 3, Camden, New
Jersey. (Newspapers_com) [/ref]

[Begin excerpt]
… a prize gag from colleague Mike Porter: Edith Murray, the CBS
songbird, started out in life as a poet, but found that Rhyme does not
[End excerpt]

Here is a link to the QI article.

The 1934 citation is a small improvement on the 1938 citation listed
in Barry Popik's article on this topic.


Garson O'Toole

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

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