Of minks and stoats

Mark Mandel thnidu at GMAIL.COM
Mon May 11 06:00:48 UTC 2009

First time I've heard of their making such a sound. I'd also heard the
tale of the tailor's implement; this one actually makes sense!

Mark Mandel

On Sun, May 10, 2009 at 6:59 PM, Alison Murie <sagehen7470 at att.net> wrote:
> WRT to Pop Goes the Weasel, we were told in grade school that this
> referred to an implement of the tailor's which apparently disappeared
> & reappeared unexpectedly. Â That never made any sense to me, but I
> suspect it didn't to the teacher who was passing it on, either. Â As a
> matter of fact, weasels can & do make a loud popping noise when
> annoyed. I cornered one in our woodshed once and was startled by its
> POP!
> AM

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