Mark A Mandel mam at THEWORLD.COM
Wed Mar 19 18:10:12 UTC 2003

In someone wrote, quoting a song learned in summer camp
as a child:

: Mary had a steamboat,
: The steamboat had a bell.
: Mary pulled the rump-cord,
: And blew it all to ... pieces!

Any insights into "rump-cord"? OED Online and MW Online don't have it.
OED Online has things like "rump-strap" used with horses, but nothing
that makes sense in this connection. It might be a mondegreen, but for

-- Mark A. Mandel

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