A Conversation for 'Let George Do It': A Phrase, and the Stories Behind It

And, in fact, "George" usually *did* do it

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paulh, making lemonade from the lemons that life has given me

I knew that African-American men were often hired as pullman car porters. In an era when good jobs could be hard for them to come by, they wseem to have been eager to get hired
["Pullman porters occupied a special place within the African-American community Despite routine discrimination, a job at Pullman had real benefits." [http://www.bing.com/search?q=african-american+pullman+porters&form=QBLH&sp=-1&ghc=1&pq=african-american+pullman+porters&sc=1-32&qs=n&sk=&cvid=82899FF1DD0D4CE2A18CDD4F745DF4E7]
[NPR says that pullman porters helped build the Black middle class.
http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=103880184]
[Yes, this is too much information. Disregard it if you wish, or point out that the porters were among the lowest-paid railroad employees, had horrid working hours, etc.

Anyway, thank you, Dmitri, for getting to the root of this expression. And, Pullman may be descended from the French name "Pilleur."
http://www.surnamedb.com/Surname/Pullman#:~:text=Last%20name%3A%20Pullman%20SDB%20Popularity%20ranking%3A%2011643%20This,the%20assets%20of%20debtors%20in%20default%20of%20payment.

Or not. Anyway, a fun read. Thanks.





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