In polite society, a boner is a malapropism [see
But your story's great.
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From: "Nicholas Bunning" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Thursday, February 07, 2008 7:10 AM
Subject: Re: Harp-is-chords and other boners
> What's a boner? I've never heard the word used in the context of
> harpsichords before...
> Is a boner is a story....? If so, the boner I enjoyed was the one where
> Thomas Goff, after a weekend with Violet Gordon Woodhouse, where she
> introduced him to the clavichord, delcared he was going to give up his
> career as a barrister, and devote his life to making clavichords. As a
> member of the Royal Family it was odd for him to look into carpentry
> classes, but the found a woodworking class at a college in London. Upon
> meeting his new teacher, a Mr John Cobby, the students were asked what
> they proposed to make in the class. Most of them told of their ambitions
> to make milk-bottle-holders and the like.... Goff said, "I've come here
> to learn to make a Clavichord" (in his hooty upper-crust accent... to
> which Cobby replied "I've been waiting all my life to hear someone say
> that!" Together they made many superb instruments.... which were in
> their day the Gold Standard of early keyboard instruments.
> Mmmm Boner
> On Feb 6, 2008, at 9:26 PM, Hendrik Broekman wrote:
>> Many years ago, on another college station in the supposedly
>> civilized northeast, the Abalone Adagio was announced one memorable
>> morning. The lad may have been from the left coast where, I am told,
>> they consume such things.
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