Words & Stuff

d: Everything Higgledy-Piggledy (Reader Comments)

(updated 27 March 1997)

Dominus, who can usually be counted upon to provide a comment, wrote:

Higgledy-Piggledy
isn't his favorite--
too many syllables,
not enough length.

Mark-Jason Dominus
can't do them anyway;
metric analysis
isn't his strength.

—Mark-Jason Dominus

Ranjit Bhatnagar wrote to say: "I once tried to combine the venerable Higgledy-Piggledy form with the equally well-respected Ten-Word Story, but the results speak for themselves."

Higgledy-piggledy:
heterogenrism,
uninspirationally,
triumph precludes.

Observifiably
bidactylometered
decalexography
doesn't amuse.

—Ranjit Bhatnagar

My main complaint about this one is that it's wrong—it does amuse. At least, it amuses me. But I suppose Ranjit was only engaging in apophasis (claiming to deny something while actually affirming it).

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Jed Hartman <logophilia@kith.org>