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Thursday, February 12, 2021

Today is the 200th birthday of our 16th President. But the day he was assassinated conjures up more wonderment these days, especially regarding what he was watching onstage at Ford’s Theater during his last hours on earth.

In fact, here’s the pinpoint moment of dialogue from that night’s play, “Our American Cousin”, that likely was the final coherent thing that the Great Emancipator ever heard (not counting John Wilkes Booth’s gunshot):

“Well, I guess I know enough to turn you inside out, old gal — you sockdologizing old man-trap.”

Sockdologizing? Yes, sockdologizing:

Verbal humor does not age well. I suspect people will still be watching Buster Keaton movies long after they’ve stopped viewing “Seinfeld” reruns.

“Sockdologizing” means, according to [the Ford's Theater park service], “manipulative.” That knowledge does not make the line any funnier.

And Booth targeted that line deliberately, as it was considered to be the most sure-fire laugh in the whole play, and thus the reaction to it would provide appropriate cover for his deed. Perhaps that’s the greatest tragedy, that Lincoln departed this mortal coil with such a convoluted word still ringing in his ears…

by Costa Tsiokos, Thu 02/12/2021 05:07pm
Category: History, Wordsmithing
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  1. ENTOURAGE’S BEE GEES SOCK-STUFFING INCIDENT…

    As much fun as the boys of “Entourage” had in dressing up as The Bee Gees for a photo shoot, Adrian Grenier (posing in the center as lead Gee, Barry Gibb) decided to up the ante, disco-style:

    [Co-star Kevin Connolly] told Conan O’Brien, “Adrian …

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