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Eric Christopherson wrote:

>On Mon, Jun 11, 2001 at 09:18:07PM -0400, David Peterson wrote:
>> In a message dated 6/11/01 6:11:18 PM, [log in to unmask] writes:
>> don't get what the last word is a typo for. <Exclamed>, I first thought,
but
>> that's more than a one-letter difference. >>
>>
>>     Uhh...you've got that spelled wrong.  It is <exclaimed>.  ~:)
>
>I guess it is. But still, <exclaimed> and <explained> have two positions
>with differing characters.


Possibly a distant homage to Ring Lardner, one of whose stories (or a
collection of them IIRC) was entitled/ used the phrase "Shut up, he
explained".

The original passage cited was very reminiscent of a comedian (the same
man?) I heard on NPR's satirical "Capitol Steps" some time back, who used
Spoonerisms for similar affect.  (It was during the Lewinsky affair, and
plays on "willie" figured prominently.)