Tragedy is if I cut my finger.Comedy is if I walk into an open sewer and die.
The sea is the universal sewer.1971Testimony before the House Committee on Science and Astronautics, 28 Jan.
From this foul drain the greatest stream of human industry flows out to fertilize the whole world. From this filthy sewer pure gold flows. Here humanity attains its most complete development and its most brutish, here civilizationworks its miracles and civilized man isturned almost into a savage.1835 Of Manchester. Journal entry, 2 Jul. Journeys to England and Ireland (translatedby George Lawrence andJPMayer,1958).
He is the sewer, not the sewage.John Biffen, a Cabinet minister criticised in Ingham's briefing.