Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Wed Oct 15 03:24:28 UTC 2008

At 10:10 PM -0400 10/14/08, Joel S. Berson wrote:
>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.
If you check out the first few (and for all I know the others) of the
2200 google hits on "foo bird", you'll get a nice sampler of the
possible feghoot build-ups.


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