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quod·li·bet \Quod"li*bet\ (kw[o^]d"l[i^]*b[e^]t), n. [L., what you please.] 1. A nice point; a subtilty; a debatable point. Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) Also quodlibertarian and quodlibetic - purely academic!

English Spelling? Does English really work this way?

* Pronounce "ghoti".
* Pronounce "Phtholognyrrh".
* Spell "coffee" completely wrong.
Go to the bottom of the page for answers!

Sunday, March 25, 2007

Old Rhymes:

Does anyone know any more of these from long ago?
  • One series:
    • Knife and a fork, bottle and a cork. That's the way you spell New York
    • Chick in a car, and the car can't go. That's the way you spell Chicago
  • Some old Lewis Carol:
    • T'was midnight on the ocean and the sun was shining bright. I hopped into a taxi cab and rode that day all night.
      [Must have been in the Artic in Summer!]
  • tongue stumblers:
    • Mares eat oats and does eat oats and little lambs eat ivy. A kid'll eat ivy, too. Wouldn't you?
      ...[From] part of a popular nonsense song of 1943 called "Mairzy Doats"--per ASCAP Hit Tunes booklet, written by Milton Drake, Al Hoffman,and Jerry Livingston. The beginning is more or less rendered:
      Mairzy doats and doazy doats, and little lamzi tivy. A kiddely tivy too, Wood'n you?
      - Submitted by Elaine Chubb
    • I thrice thrust a thistle through the thick of my thumb. (A favorite of my Grandfather, who knew the rest of it and rattled it all off well.)
    • One fine day in the middle of the night,
      Two dead men got up to fight.
      One blind man to see fair play,
      One dumb man to shout "Hooray!"
      A lame donkey came galloping by
      and kicked the blind man in the eye. - Submitted by Elaine Chubb


Anonymous said...

I always heard it was:

T'was midnight on the ocean,
not a streetcar was in sight,
the sun was shining brightly,
it rained snow, all that night.

..... The organist peeled potatoes,
(something) was rendered by the choir
Holy smokes, the preacher shouted,
Someone's set the church on fire.

And in the confusion,
the preacher lost his hair,
and i\his head is just like heaven,
for there is no parting there.

It has a similar rhyme scheme and similar words to part of the "Walrus and the Carpenter".

Anonymous said...

My grandfatehr used to say, " I see said the blind man, as he picked up his hammer and saw."

Anonymous said...

"While the organ pealed potatoes, Lard was rendered by the choir, (The third line I can't remember), Someone set the church afire. Holy Smoke! the preacher shouted, and he wildly tore his hair. Now his head resembles Heaven, For there is no parting there."

Anonymous said...

While the organ pealed potatos
Lard was rendered by the choir
While the sextant rang the dishrag
Someone set the Church on fire
Wholly smoke the preacher shouted
In the reign he lost his hair (heir)
Now his head resembles Heaven
For there is not parting there.

  • ghoti is pronounced: fish, 'gh' as in tough, 'o' as in women and 'ti' as in motion! Attributed to George Bernard Shaw by some. Visit GHOTI for a rant against this "joke" about english pronuciation.
  • Phtholognyrrh pronounced: Turner, According to a Mr. Turner who insisted on signing his name that way according to Robert M. Rennick in I Didn't Catch Your Name, Verbatim® Vol. XXix, No2. Mr Turner explains: " Look, the phth is like phthisic, which is pronounced t; olo is like colonel, which is pronounced ur; gn as in gnat is pronounced n; and yrrh as in myrrh, is pronounced er. So you have Turner. Nothing could be simpler." Reader's Digest, Jan . 1941, p. 42
  • coffee spelled completely incorrectly is kauphy! or kaughy!