Thursday, October 11, 2018
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.