Sunday, October 29, 2006

Epitaphic Wit

Spike Milligan was not allowed to have "I told you I was ill" inscribed on his headstone, but the diocese that governs the St. Thomas Church in Winchelsea, East Sussex, did allow him the Gaelic equivalent: "Duirt me leat go raibh me breoite."

This and other apocryphal-sounding inscriptions today from Gordie Little:

"Grim death took me without any warning. I was well at night and dead in the morning."

"Here lies Ezekial Aikle aged 102. The good die young."

"Beneath this grassy mound now rests one Edgar Oscar Earl who to another hunter looked exactly like a squirrel."

I have a friend who tells pretty good ghost stories himself. His name is John Ford. I wonder if he knows there is a gravestone in England with the following inscription: "Here lieth Mary, the wife of John Ford. We hope her soul is gone to the Lord. But if for Hell she changed this life, she had better be there than be John Ford's wife." [Link]

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