February 10, 2005

"Holding Paper" Watch

The boys and girls over t' The Corner are trying to top each other with examples of "holding paper," i.e., holding a grudge. Two strike me as particularly funny.

Roger Clegg chimes in with this one which any W&L alum would like:

Ken Cribb, president of the Intercollegiate Studies Institute, once told me this story: A South Carolinian of many generations, he had just decided to attend Washington & Lee, and his grandmother remonstrated, “Why would you want to go to a Yankee school?” “But Grandma,” Ken pleaded, “Virginia seceded!” His grandmother stared at him for a moment and then replied, “Mighty damn late.”

And Jonah adds one that warms my heart:

From a reader:

Dear Jonah, My great grandfather used to say of Edward VIII and that appalling Simpson woman, "Imagine. He was Admiral of the Fleet and now he is third mate on an American tramp."


Posted by Robert at February 10, 2005 12:52 PM
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