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Subject:Vapors From:Daphne Schor <DSCHOR -at- ABA -dot- COM> Date:Tue, 2 May 1995 08:43:05 -0400
Aren't we overlooking something? The word VAPORS would *never*
have been used in polite society - certainly not in "mixed
company" if it referred to flatulence. It was so used, and it
appeared in print during a period when words such as d--n weren't
In my Georgia Belle (not quite antebellum) days, many elderly
women stilled carried smelling salts. Vapors were brought on by
reports that Junior had fallen and "skinned" his knee, that a
neighbor's cow was eating one's gladiolas, and similar
catastrophes. I agree that the woman in the Polaner All-Fruit
commercial has a truly artistic attack of the vapors - and I've
seen many artistic attacks.
Only horses had flatulence. Perhaps. I once received a stern
lecture from my grandmother who found a group of us giggling
about the sounds from a horse. "People who are brought up
properly DO NOT notice such things."
American Bankers Association
dschor -at- aba -dot- com