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1748 __ « What do you say ? » — Frozen Words
Comment : The notion of the freezing of spoken words is also found in the seventh number of a Portuguese periodical, “Folheto de Ambas Lisboas” [Lisboa Occidental, Oficina de Música] published about the year 1748, where it is related that a waterman was talking one night from the street to a woman at a window, and, as neither of them could distinctly hear what the other said, "What do you say?" was frequently repeated by both. The reason why they could not hear was that it froze very hard at the time, and in the morning the wall was covered with "What do you say ?" in ice. (W.A. Clouston, 1892)[CVIII.] Munchausen - [Who is the author of Munchausen’s Travels, a book which everybody knows, because all boys read it ?]. Two of Munchausen’s stories are to be found in a Portuguese magazine, if so may it may be called, published about fourscore years ago, with this title “Folheto de Ambas Lisboas”. The seventh number contains a tale of a hunter shooting a wild boar with a peach-stone, because he had exhausted his ball, and afterwards meeting the same boar with a peach-tree growing out his loins. The other resemblance is less stiking. A waterman talking one night, from the street, to a woman at a window, and as neither of them could hear distinctly what the other said, “What do you say ?” was frequently repeated by both. The reason why they could not hear was, that it froze very hard at the time, and in the morning the wall was covered with “what do you says” in ice. (In “American Masonick Record, And Albany Saturday Magazine”, Vol. II, No. 38, Saturday, October 19, 1828, p. 302 [p. 6]; and also, George Moir, 1828, p. 280; John Aikin, 1808, p. 223)
Source : Clouston, W.A. (1892), "Literary Coincidences; A Bookstall Bargain ; And other Papers", Glasgow : Morison Brothers, 99 Buchanan Street, 1892, pp. 40-41.
Source : Moir, George (1828), “Table-Talk ; or selections from the ana : Containing extracts from the different collections of ana, French, English, Italian, and German, With bibliographical notices”, Edinburgh : Constable & Co, 1827, p. 280.
Source : Aikin, John (1808), “The Athenæum, A Magazine”, Vol. IV, Printed for Longmans, Hurst, Rees and Orme, p. 223.
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