Date: Sat, 15 Nov 1997 11:39:47 -0500

From: Gregory {Greg} Downing downingg[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]IS2.NYU.EDU

Subject: Re: Is "quit, quit now" a catchphrase?

At 11:35 PM 11/14/97 -0600, you (Donald Lance) wrote:

Quit, quit now....

I rather suspect the writer in his last words, 'Quit, quit now', may be

jokingly alluding to a certain phrase popular in the States (current in

anti-smoking campaigns?) Any clue?

The echoes of this phrase in my head are of a parent correcting children

who are misbehaving, or a child telling another to stop doing something

that is annoying. Not quite a saying like "Cease and desist!"

That sounds like it may be part of it too together with Evan Morris's hint

-- I'm still collecting hints for my Japanese correspondent if there are

other ideas on this thread.... I told him I'd get back to him in the next

couple of days.... Speak now, or forever etc. (I.e., quit, quit soon -- but

not yet.)

Greg Downing/NYU, at greg.downing[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] or downingg[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]