[Ads-l] Nursery rhyme . . .

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Tue May 30 21:23:44 EDT 2017


> On May 30, 2017, at 8:52 PM, Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM> wrote:
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> Of course Charlie is right, but in my infancy I too assumed that "Baa Baa"
> was the sheep's name.
> 
> Makes perfect sense.

And as the black sheep of the family, he went on to greater infamy as Sweeney Todd, the Demon Baa Baa of Fleet Street.


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> On Tue, May 30, 2017 at 6:32 PM, Dan Goncharoff <thegonch at gmail.com> wrote:
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>> According to my sense of Geico ads, its on purpose.
>> 
>> DanG
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>> On Tue, May 30, 2017 at 6:28 PM, Charles C Doyle <cdoyle at uga.edu> wrote:
>> 
>>> A Geico insurance commercial currently running on TV is based on the
>>> nursery rhyme "Baa, Baa, Black Sheep."
>>> 
>>> 
>>> The spokesman in the commercial assumes that the sheep is named "Baa
>>> Baa."  According to my sense of the grammar of the rhyme, that's just
>> wrong!
>>> 
>>> 
>>> Charlie
>>> 
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