"And/Then I'm the Queen of England"

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Fri Nov 18 15:59:27 UTC 2005

At 9:28 AM -0500 11/18/05, bapopik at AOL.COM wrote:
>"I'M THE QUEEN OF ENGLAND"--2,990 Google hits
>Outgoing, two-term Manhattan Borough President C. Virginia Fields is
>going to New Orleans to help its recovery. A non-friendly website,
>www.virginiafields.com, states: "God Save New Orleans." In a recent
>NY Post article, Virginia Fields said that "I'm an expert in
>government efficiency."
>I had to laugh. And I'm the Queen of England.
>Fifteen years ago, after Gerald Cohen and I solved "the Big Apple"
>and traced it to New Orleans, I went to the Manhattan Borough
>President's office...it's a long story.
>Has anyone done the "Queen of England" phrase?

and then there are all the variants, e.g. "And I'm Marie (the Queen)
of Rumania", as in the Dorothy Parker quatrain

               Oh, life is a glorious cycle of song,
               A medley of extemporanea;
               And love is a thing that can never go wrong;
               And I am Marie of Roumania.

and even if I'm not Arnold, I'll link to a Languge Log blog by Mark
Liberman on the pragmatic force of the construction illustrated here:


>  The Chronicle TelegramSaturday, January 03, 1987 Elyria, Ohio
>...like, "If you're a genius THEn I'M THE QUEEN OF ENGLAND." THE
>notion that a.....don't take THEm seriously. Besides, I'M a
>psychologist. I can be crazy if I..
>  The Oakland TribuneMonday, October 07, 1963 Oakland, California
>...guys are THE New Yort Yankees, I'M THE QUEEN OF ENGLAND "I first
>began to.....I don't know what his real name is but I'M betting it's
>got to be THEre's no..

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