[Lawrence J. Kaufman: Re: Wollongong telnet and new line processing]

Mon, 27 Jul 87 21:25:00 EDT


See the delightful little book "Cotswold Privies" by Mollie Harris and Sue
Chapman (Hogarth Press, London 1984) for a full, complete and satisfying
definition of the word. In sweet, a gongfermer is the poor (but well-paid)
lad who cleaned out the privies in yesteryesteryear. Any similarity, functional
or otherwise, to departmental of industrial institutions is stoutly denied.

Why did I use this wonderful 15th-century word? Because I hoped to get a message
like yours.


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Subject: Re: Wollongong telnet and new line processing
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Would you please explain gongfermer to a poor city boy? What does a
privy farmer do and why are you using a 15th century word?

--- Larry Kaufman
    now in Germany, moving to Maryland in the next week or so.

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