Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire! (1970)

Dennis R. Preston preston at PILOT.MSU.EDU
Mon Sep 8 18:54:02 UTC 2003

>I prefer my wife's, at least for the traditional association of long
>noses and liars (which at least gives me a reading).


>Dennis R. Preston wrote:
>>  The full form (as I am told by mu wife, Milwaukee, childhood memory
>>  from early 50s) is
>>  Liar, liar, pants on fire
>>  Nose as long as a telephone wire.
>>  Us Louisvillians had no such pome.
>The version I remember (I was an Army brat, so I can't localize it, but
>the time would be the mid-'60s) had, as the second line, "Can't get over
>the telephone wire".
>Jim Parish

Dennis R. Preston
University Distinguished Professor
Department of Linguistics & Germanic, Slavic,
      Asian & African Languages
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48824-1027
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