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Man Trap

Posted in History, Trifecta by chamblee54 on October 28, 2013

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John Booth was an actor, and firearm enthusiast. He was a ruthless critic of productions that did not include him. When something displeased Mr. Booth, it was necessary to let people know about it. Someone told the actor that boo was short for Booth. He believed this, and was forced to find other ways to express his displeasure. .

A play called “Our American Cousin” gave a performance in Washington DC in 1865. In act two of OAC, a lady called another lady “you sockdologizing old man-trap.” The crowd roared with laughter. Mr. Booth thought the line insipid, and looked for a way to express his anger.

When Mr. Booth was through with his commentary, he jumped out of the balcony. The riding spur on his boot caught a drape. Mr. Booth landed with all the weight on one leg. The leg was badly broken. It would have been less painful if Mr. Booth swallowed his pride, and said boo. Pictures for today’s entertainment are from The Library of Congress.

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  1. trifectawriting said, on October 30, 2013 at 12:08 pm

    Like the wit and tone in this. Thanks for linking up!

  2. Ann Bennett said, on October 31, 2013 at 5:46 pm

    sockdologizing, sockdologizing, sockdologizing, Happy Halloween.

    • chamblee54 said, on October 31, 2013 at 6:54 pm

      The spell check suggestion for sockdologizing is anthologizing.

  3. Man Trap | Chamblee54 said, on October 25, 2017 at 12:58 pm

    […] Booth. He believed this, and was forced to find other ways to express his displeasure. This is a repost. A play called “Our American Cousin” gave a performance in Washington DC in 1865. In […]


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