15.499 tanning snipes

From: Humanist Discussion Group (by way of Willard McCarty (w.mccarty@btinternet.com)
Date: Sun Feb 10 2002 - 03:00:08 EST

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                   Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 15, No. 499.
           Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London

             Date: Sun, 10 Feb 2002 07:56:55 +0000
             From: "Jim Marchand" <marchand@ux1.cso.uiuc.edu>
             Subject: Re: 15.492 creatures that gyre and gimble

    Over on MEDTEXTL, someone has invented TAN for `tangential matter; keep your
    finger on the delete button'. This is a TAN. Speaking of the snipe,
    snipe-hunting and the like, our expression "left holding the bag" comes from
    the noble custom of taking city lads out in the country, giving them a bag
    to hold, and telling them that you will chase the snipe down the path, etc.,
    and that they must wait to catch it in the bag. One then goes home to bed.
    Anyway, one can describe the snipe to the victim in any manner suitable.

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