[PW] Drama Critic Motto: Leave no turn unstoned

Bill Davis wmadavis at gmail.com
Sun Dec 3 14:44:59 PST 2017


I had heard the phrase "no tern unstoned" and thought it originated 
in a review of Alfred Hitchcock's THE BIRDS.   A Google search says 
it was Arthur Knight writing for the Saturday Review.

Bill Davis


At 11:40 AM 12/3/2017, you wrote:
>Off topic, but cannot resist:
>Ogden Nash has a poem about disliking seabirds where he leaves no tern
>unstoned.
>
>Even
>
>On 3 December 2017 at 17:17, ADSGarson O'Toole <adsgarsonotoole at gmail.com>
>wrote:
>
> > The Quote Investigator website now has an entry about the wordplay in
> > the subject line which is often attributed to George Bernard Shaw.
> >
> > https://quoteinvestigator.com/2017/12/02/unstoned/
> >
> > The earliest pertinent evidence I've found is a joke containing the
> > phrase "they left no turn unstoned" in "The Daily Northwestern" of
> > Oshkosh, Wisconsin on August 29, 1899 with an acknowledgment to the
> > "Catholic Standard and Times". I haven't found a digital archive for
> > the "Catholic Standard and Times".
> >
> > Chronicling America seems to say that University of Notre Dame in
> > Indiana has it on microfilm, but searching would be difficult because
> > the date above is simply an upper bound.
> >
> > https://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn97016042/holdings/
> >
> > Reference works contain a 1950 citation for George Bernard Shaw and a
> > 1946 citation for Arthur Wimperis. The QI article has 1914 citation
> > for Wimperis but nothing earlier for Shaw.
> >
> > Feedback welcome
> > Garson O'Toole
> > QuoteInvestigator.com
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