John "The Gneech" Robey (the_gneech) wrote,
John "The Gneech" Robey
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Saturday/Sunday's Forgotten English

jackassable
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. ;)

-The Gneech

PS: What's the deal with my fingers coming out with "teh" every time I try to write "the" today? Argh!
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