"Shut your eyes"

Dennis R. Preston preston at PILOT.MSU.EDU
Mon Aug 13 17:29:55 UTC 2001

Mine was

and you'll be in for a big surprise

dInIs (demographics as usual)

>On Sun, 12 Aug 2001, Laurence Horn wrote:
>>  >
>>  This one was turned around in my own childhood (late 40's onward) to
>>  allow for the completion of the couplet, as follows:
>>  Open your mouth and shut your eyes
>>  And you will have a big surprise
>Same here, often with the variant:
>And I will give you a big surprise
>maberry at u.washington.edu

Dennis R. Preston
Department of Linguistics and Languages
Michigan State University
East Lansing MI 48824-1027 USA
preston at pilot.msu.edu
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