Parties Anecdotes (Post No.5380)

Image of William III of England


Date: 31 August 2018


Time uploaded in London – 16-10 (British Summer Time)


Post No. 5380


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At Dinner one day Douglas Jerrold was forced to listen to a noisy argument between an admirer of Prince of Orange and a henchman of William III. Having exhausted the political issues of the debate, they entered upon the personal phases of the question. One of the arguers finally brought his fist down on the table and exclaimed,

Bah! to you sir; I spit upon your Prince of Orange.

The other, determined not to be outdone, rose to his feet and screamed, “And I Sir, spit upon your King William!”

Hereupon, Jerrold unable to endure the racket longer, rang the bell and shouted to the waiter, “Here, boy – spittoons for two!”


Dictionary meaning:–




  • a metal or earthenware pot typically having a funnel-shaped top, used for spitting into.


Image of Prince of Orange

Thomas Alva Edison was once reluctantly persuaded by his wife to attend one of the brilliant social functions of the season in New York.
At last the inventor managed to escape the lionizers who had crowded about his, and sat alone unnoticed in a corner. Edison kept looking at his watch with a resigned expression on his face. A friend edged near to him unnoticed and heard the inventor mutter to himself with a sigh,
‘If there were only a dog here’!


Oliver Wendell Holmes, having been at an afternoon tea, authoritatively defined such functions for all time as,
‘Giggle. Gabble. Gobble. Git’


Dorothy Parker once attended a party at which the greater number of people Seemed to be the rankings of Bohemia. Her companion said to her,
Where on earth do these people come from and where do they stay the rest of the time?
I think, Miss Parker said thoughtfully, after it is o over they crawl back into the woodwork.







  1. A native or inhabitant of Bohemia.
  2. A person of Bohemian ancestry.
  3. The Czech dialects of Bohemia.


  1. ArchaicA Romani person.
  2. An itinerant person; a vagabond.


Dorothy Parker (American poet, writer, satirist)  completely bored by a country weekend, wired a friend,
Please send me a loaf bread — and enclose a saw and file.



‘I have had a wonderful evening’, said
Groucho Marx to his hostess as he was leaving a dull Hollywood party, ‘but this was not it’.


Once, it is said, Margot Asquith gave a party in London — a big party. She received the guests with graciousness, set them spinning into the rhythm of pleasure and then retired to an upper room to play bridge.

Next day, a well meaning, but tactless woman fluttered up to her in a restaurant and said,
Oh, Lady Asquith, I was at your party last night,
‘Thank God, I wasn’t’, answered Margot, and moved on.

Xxx subham xxx