Date: Wed, 20 Sep 1995 17:48:31 -0400 From: "Cynthia L. Moore" Subject: Re: ?Gordon Bennett & PEW litzer Just a note on "Gordon Bennett." I ran across it last night just by coincidence in Made in America by Bill Bryson. The book is about the history of American English. Bennett was an eccentric newspaper baron who would "announce his arrival in a resturant by yanking the tablecloths from all the tables he passed." In England, he became a celebrity because of this behavior, and the expression "Gordon Bennett!" is used there by someone who has just been drenched by an incompetent waiter or exposed to some other indignity.