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Re: misprints

From:Roger Mills <romilly@...>
Date:Tuesday, June 12, 2001, 22:30
Eric Christopherson wrote:

>On Mon, Jun 11, 2001 at 09:18:07PM -0400, David Peterson wrote: >> In a message dated 6/11/01 6:11:18 PM, rakko@CHARTER.NET writes: >> don't get what the last word is a typo for. <Exclamed>, I first thought,
>> that's more than a one-letter difference. >> >> >>'ve got that spelled wrong. It is <exclaimed>. ~:) > >I guess it is. But still, <exclaimed> and <explained> have two positions >with differing characters.
Possibly a distant homage to Ring Lardner, one of whose stories (or a collection of them IIRC) was entitled/ used the phrase "Shut up, he explained". The original passage cited was very reminiscent of a comedian (the same man?) I heard on NPR's satirical "Capitol Steps" some time back, who used Spoonerisms for similar affect. (It was during the Lewinsky affair, and plays on "willie" figured prominently.)