Balderdash. Stuff and nonsense.

Some of the best examples of wordplay are in the form of nonsense verse. my kids will know my favourite is ‘The Owl and the Pussycat”. What you may not know is that this was in fact a true story, and one with a rather bitter ending. See here if you don’t believe me.

The earliest nonsense verse I remember, and one we chanted as kids, is this one:

One bright day in the middle of the night,
Two dead boys got up to fight,
Back to back they faced each other,
Drew their swords and shot each other,

One was blind and the other couldn’t, see
So they chose a dummy for a referee.
A blind man went to see fair play,
A dumb man went to shout “hooray!”

A paralyzed donkey passing by,
Kicked the blind man in the eye,
Knocked him through a nine inch wall,
Into a dry ditch and drowned them all,

A deaf policeman heard the noise,
And came to arrest the two dead boys,
If you don’t believe this story’s true,
Ask the blind man he saw it too!

Although I only ever knew the first verse!

Anyhoo, that’s my B for today, and my contribution to the A to Z Challenge for another day.

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    1. I was late to the party this year so I may take a few shortcuts this year, what with work and all. I will certainly aim to include a few pearls but you may have to open several shells along the way. The molluscs will still be tasty, but the pearls will be worth the hunt.


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