He would answer to “Hi!” or to any loud cry,   Such as “Fry me!” or “Fritter my wig!” To “What-you-may-call-um!” or “What-was-his-name!”   But especially “Thing-um-a-jig!” Always assumed that thingamajig derived from Lewis Carroll’s thing-um-a-jig (1876). I’d seen an oft cited but unsourced reference to 1824 in dictionaries but now found it: June 1824 issue of … Continue reading “Thing-um-a-jig!”

9.5±0.5 Snark Hunters

The Snark hunting crew consists of ten members. Is that true? This is how the crew members are introduced (MG017): 001   “Just the place for a Snark!” the Bellman cried, […] 009   The crew was complete: it included a Boots — 010   A maker of Bonnets and Hoods — 011   A … Continue reading “9.5±0.5 Snark Hunters”

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