At a call for a meeting of citizens to repair a road in Michigan, the Niles Advertiser winds up with the following:
Those who would travel it, should turn out and gravel it;
For now it's not passable, nor even jackassable.--John Bartlett's Dictionary of Americanisms, 1848
My Kingdom For a Horse
On this date in 1485, England's Richard III is said to have frantically exclaimed, "A horse! A horse! My kingdom for a horse!" amid the disastrous battle at Bosworth Field, in which His Majesty lost his favorite mount, White Surrey, and later, his own life. Not until a century later, however, did Shakespeare ensure the immortality of this plea by including it in his drama named for the tragic monarch. Once upon uttering these famous words, the nineteenth-century Irish actor Barry Sullivan was confronted by a drunken spectator, who yelled out, "And wouldn't a jackass do as well for you?" Not breaking stride, Sullivan shot back, "Of course. Just come round to the stage door!"
Gotta love the Irish. ;)
PS: What's the deal with my fingers coming out with "teh" every time I try to write "the" today? Argh!