[Ads-l] Higgly-piggly

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Sun Dec 14 14:31:23 UTC 2014


So one can go higgly-piggly to the Piggly-Wiggly (with over 600 stores in
17 states!)

Fascinating.

JL

On Sat, Dec 13, 2014 at 8:24 PM, Laurence Horn <laurence.horn at yale.edu>
wrote:
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> Poster:       Laurence Horn <laurence.horn at YALE.EDU>
> Subject:      Re: Higgly-piggly
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> On Dec 13, 2014, at 8:16 PM, Joel S. Berson wrote:
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> > At 12/13/2014 08:11 PM, Laurence Horn wrote:
> >> Well, the (little) red hen is too busy doing this and doing that =
> herself (when all of the others are too lazy to help out)
> >=20
> > Or too overwhelmed trying to write double dactyls.
> >=20
> > Joel
>
> Higgamus hogamous
> Hens are monogamous,
> Hoggamus higgamus,
> Roosters polygamous.
>
> As Dorothy Parker might have written if she weren't too chicken.  Or =
> Ogden Nash, or someone else.  ("No decisive candidate for authorship has =
> yet emerged in QI=92s opinion" for the original quatrain.)
>
> LH
>
> >=20
> >> that she has no time to spare to lay eggs for gentlemen even if any =
> of them were around.  It might be argued that all those other animals =
> may have just been too stuck up to pitch in anyway, since they keep =
> declining the "Who will help me" requests with "Not I" instead of "Not =
> me".
> >>=20
> >> LH
> >>=20
> >>=20
> >> On Dec 13, 2014, at 7:58 PM, Joel S. Berson wrote:
> >>=20
> >> > Black vastly outnumbers white (and red) on Google.
> >> >
> >> > Perhaps for Wilson a black hen serving gentlemen has unpleasant =
> racial overtones?
> >> >
> >> > Joel
> >> >
> >> > At 12/13/2014 06:29 PM, Jocelyn Limpert wrote:
> >> >> My hen was black, not white! lol
> >> >>
> >> >> Jocelyn
> >> >>
> >> >> On Sat, Dec 13, 2014 at 6:23 PM, Wilson Gray <hwgray at gmail.com> =
> wrote:
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> >> >> > Subject:      Re: Higgly-piggly
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> >> >> > On Sat, Dec 13, 2014 at 5:22 PM, Jocelyn Limpert <
> >> >> > jocelyn.limpert at gmail.com>
> >> >> > wrote:
> >> >> > >
> >> >> > > I've always thought it was "higgeldy-piggeldy" as well.
> >> >> > >
> >> >> >
> >> >> > Me, three. "Higgly-Piggly" is news to me.
> >> >> >
> >> >> > Higgledy-piggledy
> >> >> > My white hen
> >> >> > She lays eggs
> >> >> > For gentlemen
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