Date: Tue, 16 Dec 1997 14:48:17 -0500
From: Alan Baragona baragonasa[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]VAX.VMI.EDU
Subject: Re: RE Re: sportswriters' disease
Grant Barrett wrote:
Journalists, of course, lay a claim to alcoholism as the a requirement of the profession, and for
good reason, I think.
When I was still a small-time journalist, my peers and I went to a journalism conference in
Baton Rouge. We were met in the hotel lobby by six happily drunk Pulitzer Prize winners, and
I've often thought of that as typical since.
gbarrett[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]dfjp.com
There's a story that Flann O'Brien, the great Irish comic novelist, was
fired from his job as a civil servant for alcoholism, but sued to get
his pension back on the grounds that alcoholism is an occupational
hazard of working for the Irish Civil Service. He reportedly won. I'd
be willing to bet there are a lot of colorful Irish words and phrases,
euphemistic and otherwise, for heavy drinking and drinkers.