Date: Tue, 26 Sep 1995 18:59:55 -0700
From: Rima & Kim McKinzey rkm[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]SLIP.NET
Subject: Sweet Fannie Adams
As it turns out, we have a folk-song expert as a friend, & she tells us
(referring us to Kraft-Ebbing) that Fannie Adams was a Victorian child
victim of an especially gruesome sexual murder & dismemberment. The case
gave rise to a syrupy song that was much in vogue in English Music Halls.
"Sweet Fannie Adams!" thus arose to mean "Oh, what a scandalous horror!"
in the same fashion of "going postal".