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January 4, 1997 |

Dear PHC:

In a recent repeat broadcast during March, Garrison used the phrase "Hang him by his trepallo(?)". Can you tell me the origin of this and what the correct phrase is?
Peter M.

I don't recall using that phrase, P.M. Perhaps I said "hang him by his cembalo" or "hang him by his tarpaulin". The little village of Trepallo, not far from Florence, is quite renowned for the hanging plants in its trattorias, however, and if you go there, I recommend the fried terrapin and tettrazzini.

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