[Ads-l] "We must increase our busts!"

ADSGarson O'Toole adsgarsonotoole at GMAIL.COM
Sun May 31 18:06:26 UTC 2015

Barry Popik kindly mentioned to me that there was a mailing list
thread on this topic back in 2005. Here is a link:

"I must, I must, I must increase my bust" (1970)

The thread included variant chants. While scanning, I did not see any
citations before 1970. So the citations I posted may still be helpful
to others.


On Sun, May 31, 2015 at 3:08 AM, W Brewer <brewerwa at gmail.com> wrote:
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> Sender:       American Dialect Society <ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU>
> Poster:       W Brewer <brewerwa at GMAIL.COM>
> Subject:      Re: "We must increase our busts!"
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> JB: << wouldn't the first line scan better... Five iambs better fits... >>
> WB: One of the variants cited is << develop our (my) bust(s) >>.
> It only makes sense to me as << we MUST, we MUST, DEE-vell-UP our BUSTS >>,
> suggesting upward thrusting bazooms.
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