Our other birthday celebration revolves around the 1897 birth of Jane Ace. Ace was married to radio king Goodman Ace and was the queen of malaprops, or intentionally-funny mispronunciations, a wonderfully-quirky contribution to our language and vernacular. These include "the crank of dawn," "awfully-wedded," "a hangnail expression," etc.
The twisted language contributed to the plots of the long-running series Easy Aces on which the married couple starred. After this series' cancellation, the dynastic duo re-surfaced on CBS with a show with a not-by-Hoyle spelling of its title, Mr. Ace and Jane.
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