Elderism #8

October 17th, 2008

In The Economist‘s obit for Marjorie Dean, the mainstay of that publication’s financial pages for 49 years, we learn that the gimlet-eyed Brit journalist often persevered through hard times by quoting Don Marquis‘s comic poem, “archy and mehitabel“:

‘it’s cheerio my deario that pulls a lady through”

A winning elderism. But I also like one of Dean’s own aphoristic concoctions: a woman in a man’s world, she once lunched at a City bank where the men were offered two lamb chops, but Dean only one. “Come back!,” she instructed the waiter,

“Give me the other chop!”