"Mighty Lak A Rose"

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Sun May 30 18:44:28 UTC 2010

Some of the more readers may recall that popular "Negro-dialect" song
from the '40's.  Personally, I found the song rather pleasant.
Hooever, I was never able to make any sense out of the opening verse,
refrain, or whatever it was:

Sweetis' little feller
Ev'rybody knows
Don't know what t' call 'im
But he's _mighty lak a rose_

After dekkids of thought, I've conclded that the title/phrase in question means:

"... very much resembles or is very similar to, in some unspecified
sense, a rose."

Analyzing it as "strong like a rose," which makes no kind of sense,
had been driving me nuts.

All say, "How hard it is that we have to die!"––a strange complaint to
come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
–Mark Twain

The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

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