How Mark Twain Used Today’s Evocative Word – VULGAR – to get ’em evocating!
SOURCE: Letter excerpt sent by Mark Twain, January 1906 ( Twain was commenting on a speech where he bombed. For more detail see What Mark Twain Learned Me ’bout Public Speakin’)
“I am forever your debtor for reminding me of that curious passage in my life. During the first year or two after it happened, I could not bear to think of it. My pain and shame were so intense, and my sense of having been an imbecile so settled, established and confirmed, that I drove the episode entirely from my mind—and so all these twenty-eight or twenty-nine years I have lived in the conviction that my performance of that time was coarse, VULGAR and destitute of humor. But your suggestion that you and your family found humor in it twenty-eight years ago moved me to look into the matter. So I commissioned a Boston typewriter to delve among the Boston papers of that bygone time and send me a copy of it……………..
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