Date: Mon, 12 Jun 1995 18:15:31 -0500 From: Daniel S Goodman Subject: ? hangman = Mr. Ellis (fwd) ---------- Forwarded message ---------- Date: Thu 8 Jun 95 11:30:46-CST From:DARNOLD[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]CHARLY.PUBLIB.SASKATOON.SK.CA To: stumpers-list[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]CRF.CUIS.EDU Subject: ? hangman = Mr. Ellis We've had the following question referred to us: "Why do we refer to the hangman as `Mr. Ellis'?" I don't know the origin of this (Canadian, British, American, or other), and it doesn't sound familiar to me at all. We've checked a number of dictionaries (word/phrase origin, slang) and a few books on capital punishment (most are on loan at the moment), but no luck so far. Any ideas? Dawn Arnold Saskatoon Public Library darnold[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] (patron needs answer by the end of the day)