End of ADS-L Digest - 17 Dec 1997 to 18 Dec 1997 ************************************************ Subject: ADS-L Digest - 18 Dec 1997 to 19 Dec 1997 There are 9 messages totalling 605 lines in this issue. Topics of the day: 1. Fizzling Out 2. Reconsidering ADS publication arrangements (3) 3. Nominate Words of the Year 1997 4. ADS-L Archive Search Revised 5. Holiday riddle 6. Un-subcribe 7. "Mudville" article #1 ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Date: Fri, 19 Dec 1997 02:20:16 EST From: Bapopik Subject: Fizzling Out 1997 is fizzling out. You can almost stick a fork in it. AMERICA IN SO MANY WORDS has "peter out" as the word-of-the-year for 1854. RHHDAS copies the DA and has 1846 and 1847 for "fizzle" and 1861 for "fizzle-out." This is from the New-York American, 13 June 1844, pg. 2, col. 2: "FIZZLING OUT."--We have frequently met with these words, but never saw their meaning so satisfactorily explained as they were by Mr. Schenck, of Ohio, at the recent Whig meeting at Baltimore. In referring to the Loco National Convention, he said they had been in session three days, and fizzled and fizzled until they had completely fizzled out. To give an idea of what was meant by the term fizzled in his country, he would tell the anecdote whence it received its origin. There was a blacksmith in Ohio who had a reputation of being a good sort of a fellow, and a cheap workman. A neighbor of his had a piece of iron, which he desired wrought up into some tangible, useful shape, and he asked the blacksmith what could be made of it. The smith replied he was of opinion that it would make a plough- share, and went to work so to transform it. In this, however, he failed, but came to the conclusion that it would make an axe,--he accordingly tried to make that kind of instrument, but was in like manner unsuccessful. I am of the opinion, said the smith, failing the first two attempts, that it will make a pick-axe, and he tried so to form it, but again failed. Then, said he, there can be no mistake in its making a simple wedge,--he went to work to make that, but the attempt also failed. The owner of the iron by this time grew impatient, and in rather an agitated manner, whilst the iron was still hot, eagerly inquired of the smith, "Then what the d---l will it make?"--"Why, sir," was the reply--at the same time plunging the hot iron into the slack- tub--"you see it will make a _fiz_." Such was the case with the late harmonious Locofoco Convention. Material had been given them out of which to nominate candidates for President and Vice President. They tried to work it up in almost every shape, but finally, after repeated failures, plunged it into their peculiar political slack-tub, and made only a glorious fiz.