Posted by Bob on November 22, 1999
In Reply to: Judgemental Phrases: a Mild Misunderstanding posted by Chester Helm on November 22, 1999
: : Do you mean phrases/sayings like. 'My wife is beautiful, her teeth are like stars - they come out each night'. - made up by me today, very true but certainly not very good
: : Or the put down ' It is a good thing for an uneducated man to read books of quotations' - Winston Churchill 1874 -1967
: : Or the more subtle ' Who can refute a sneer' - William Paley 1743 -1805
: : Or the slightly risqué ' If all the girls attending it (the Yale Prom) were laid end to end , I wouldn't be at all surprised' - Dorothy Parker 1893-1967
: : Or the definitely cruel ' Certain women should be struck regularly, like gongs' - Noel Coward 1899 -1973
: To Hopefully Helpful ...
: Yes, you are on the right track. There is definitely some wit here. The cruelty element is dispensible, as far as I'm concerned, but you've caught the drift of my quest. Its spirit, if you like.
: An intermixture with folk saying or proverb would not be objectionable, either.
: Yes, thanks.
: Any more suggestions or direction signs toward a book or URL?
Sounds like you want a book of Oscar Wilde epigrams. There are many that put an elegant needle in.