A Knife and a Fork and a Bottle and a Cork...

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at YAHOO.COM
Sun Jan 30 04:46:17 UTC 2005

"She's got a pair of tits/ Just like two boxing mitts."

"I am not making this up."  -- Dave Barry.


"James A. Landau" <JJJRLandau at AOL.COM> wrote:
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In a message dated Fri, 28 Jan 2005 20:39:39 -0800, howard schrager


> Subject: A Knife and a Fork and a Bottle and a Cork...That's how you spell
> New York

> Does anyone know the origin of the above street rhyme and its mate,
> in the Car and the Car Can't Go... That's how you spell Chicago?

One I learned in (I think) elementary school:
Cin, Cin, a needle and a pin, and that's how you spell "Cincinnati"

I don't know how widespread that one was. I lived in Louisville, KY, a
hundred miles downriver from Cincinnati, so the spelling of the latter city was
more important for us than for most of the rest of the country.

Probably irrelevant, but are you familiar with the song

My gal's a corker
She's a New Yorker
I've bought her everything to keep her in style
She's got a head of hair
Just like a grizzly bear
That's where my mo-o-oney go-o-oe!

This stanza is sung endlessly, with differently lines 5 and 6, until the
singer's imagination (or the audience's patience) runs out, e.g.
She's got a pair of lips/ just like potato chips
She's got a pair of hips/just like two battleships

- Jim Landau

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