He Was A Bold Man Who Ate An Oyster

He Was A Bold Man Who Ate An Oyster

Jonathan SwiftThe words are from Jonathan Swift, who actually wrote, "He was a bold man that first eat an oyster,"and declined to explain further, no doubt thinking it unnecessary for the simple sentiment. Oysters are a marvelous delicacy, yet visually off-putting; thus the idea is that courage was required to discover the treasure. (Try as I might, I can't ignore the fact that oysters were doubtless enjoyed by primates long before those primates evolved into men.)

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