Found drowned

The phrase "Found drowned," which appears in several chapters of Ulysses, was a stock formulation in Victorian and Edwardian newspapers. Thornton observes that its use derived "from the fact that 'found drowned' is the official coroner's jury's verdict when a person is so found and no foul play is suspected. Such an instance occurs in the Freeman's Journal for March 29, 1904."

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Brief article in 22 April 1892 issue of the New Zealand Herald, noting the jury verdict on a drowning case. Source:

Found Drowned, oil painting ca. 1850 by George Frederic Watts, held in the Watts Gallery, Compton, Surrey. Source: Wikimedia Commons.