pompatus not in OED

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Mon May 21 04:27:06 UTC 2007

Well, I was only going by what I hear on the "Greatest Hits" CD and
what I heard on the original 78. However, Googling reveals multi
[pronounced "MULL-tie," an in-group slang pronunciation of "multiple,"
used for "many" by me and my friends, back in the '50's]spellings with
"t" instead of "d," So, allow me to withdraw my "correction," since
all of the easily-documented claims seem to be a matter of opinion and
not of fact. Consider, for example, the following:

_Green's famous recitation on "The Letter" contained the nonsense
lyric, "the pulpitudes of love," which was later picked up by Steve
Miller as "the pompitudes of love"—which became the title of a 1990s

What can you do? As the person who quoted the above notes, "At least
Green gets the credit."


On 5/20/07, James Harbeck <jharbeck at sympatico.ca> wrote:
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> >It's "puppetu_d_es."
> I originally typed "puppetudes," but then I looked at the source that
> was first in my field of vision and saw it with a t, so I changed it
> without double-checking other sources. I'll happily go with a d.
> Makes more sense, and apparently Green didn't write it down anyway,
> so we can have our way!
> James Harbeck.
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