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
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Date: Mon, 27 Jul 87 17:02:50 GMT+0100
From: "Lawrence J. Kaufman" <email@example.com>
Subject: Re: Wollongong telnet and new line processing
In-Reply-To: Your message of Tue, 21 Jul 87 22:03:44 EDT
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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