Sunday throat (1905); Peas with a knife (1828); Ears lowered (1947)
TheEditor at WORLDWIDEWORDS.ORG
Mon May 3 19:51:52 UTC 2004
> --- "James A. Landau" <JJJRLandau at AOL.COM> wrote:
> I eat my peas with honey
> I've done it all my life
> It makes the peas taste funny
> But they sure stay on my knife.
The Newark Advocate for 12 August 1933 has essentially the same
ditty, describing it as "an old rhyme":
I eat my peas with honey,
I've done it all my life.
It does taste sort of funny.
But it keeps them on my knife.
but adds a coda:
Now do not look so snooty!
This method is most able;
Peas can't fulfill their duty
When rolling round the table.
The Decatur Evening Herald for 9 February 1928 attributes a similar
rhyme to one J. Montroy. However, the Sheboygan Press for 22 November
1929 has another version:
I eat mashed potatoes with my peas,
I've done it all my life;
I like the combination,
'Cause it holds them on my knife.
Clearly a commentary on social mores that has some history!
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