Mark Forsyth

“Wouldst like to con a glimmer with me this early black?’, which he [Cab Calloway] helpfully explains as ‘the proper way to ask a young lady to go to the movies’. It should be noted here, that if the object of your affections replies ‘Kill me’, they are not requesting to be euthanatised and you should not actually murder them. Kill me is merely the Cab Calloway way of saying ‘Show me a good time’ and is the best response you could have hoped for. Jive was rather confusing in this way.”


Mark Forsyth, The Horologicon: A Day's Jaunt Through the Lost Words of the English Language
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The Horologicon: A Day's Jaunt Through the Lost Words of the English Language The Horologicon: A Day's Jaunt Through the Lost Words of the English Language by Mark Forsyth
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