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On Fri, 2010-09-24 at 13:01 -0700, Garth Wallace wrote:

> The British one is apparently very old, and exists in several
> variations, though the most common are "as the actress said to the
> bishop" and "said the actress to the bishop".

Back in the 50s, the actress Beryl Reid did radio comedy and substituted
"As the art mistress said to the gardener"; the BBC accepted the double
entendres, but drew the line at jokes about bishops!