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Chris -- 2018-04-11

#1 2018-10-01 09:48:32

From: Mexico
Registered: 2007-10-11
Posts: 2185

Beecher and the Hen

I was talking with friends the other day, and the subject of Harriet Beecher Stowe’s brother came up (as subjects do). It brought to mind the famous limerick (attributed to no less than Oliver Wendell Holmes though apparently, according to Wikipedia at least, based on an earlier limerick by Oliver Herford). The last line reminds me, with its complex and delightful restructuring, of eggcornish jewels like a nominal egg and ovary action:

The Reverend Henry Ward Beecher,
Called a hen a most elegant creature,
The hen, pleased with that,
Laid an egg in his hat,
And thus did the hen reward Beecher.

Of course it was purposeful and not an eggcorn, and is suited only for a particular extremely limited set of contexts (i.e. you have to be talking about Beecher and a hen rewarding him for it to work), but admirable and enjoyable if nothing else.

Last edited by DavidTuggy (2018-10-02 10:53:06)

*If the human mind were simple enough for us to understand,
we would be too simple-minded to understand it* .

(Possible Corollary: it is, and we are .)



#2 2018-10-02 18:55:52

Dixon Wragg
From: Cotati, California
Registered: 2008-07-04
Posts: 1313

Re: Beecher and the Hen

Yeah, that limerick is one of the classics!

DavidTuggy wrote:

...eggcornish jewels like a nominal egg and ovary action

Coincidentally, I just noticed a day or two ago that the Russian feminine surname ending -ova (i.e., Romanoff is supposed to become Romanova when the individual is female) is serendipitously eggy.



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