I Love Little Pussy

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Sat Mar 10 03:54:59 UTC 2012

On Mar 9, 2012, at 10:30 PM, Wilson Gray wrote:

> I love little Pussy
> Her coat is so warm,
> And if I don't hurt her
> She'll do me no harm
> So I'll not pull her tail
> Or drive her away
> But Pussy and I
> Very gently will play
> I'll sit by the fire
> and give her some food
> and Pussy will love me
> Because I am so good
> The bowdlerized version replaces _Pussy_ with _Kitty_, likewise WRT
> Pussy-Cat! Pussy-Cat! Where Have You Been?  Puss In Boots will no
> doubt follow. OTOH, a bit of dialogue from "House," spoken by Thirteen
> - woman, for those unfamiliar with the show:
> "This is the best thing that I've *ever* had in my mouth! And that
> includes what *you're" thinking about."

Don't recall the episode, so I can't even guess what Thirteen was eating at the time, but the fact that she is (or rather was, since she seems to be off the show) bisexual means that the reference here involves ambiguity (or underspecification).
> "O tempora! O mores!"

Yup, even tastier than those batter-fried eels.


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