Joel S. Berson Berson at ATT.NET
Wed Oct 15 02:10:10 UTC 2008

At 10/14/2008 07:41 PM, Benjamin Zimmer wrote:
>Brunvand doesn't use the term. His label for the "fit hits the Shan"
>genre is "Stories with Punning Punch Lines." ("If the Foo shits" is
>also listed in this category, collected in 1959.)

Aha!  (And I probably heard it around 1961-63.)  If Brunvand tells
the tale, I will be re-educated.  With Laurence's reminder that the
Foo is a bird, I vaguely recall something about flying around in
ever-diminishing circles, and about its fundament.


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