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piece of string

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  • Coué's method of self-improvement consisted of knotting a piece of string and reciting over and over, "Every day in every way, I am getting better and better."

    Futures Imperfect

  • At the rear of the boat we saw poor-looking people: a man feeding sticks into a tall chimney stove, a woman chopping vegetables, and two rough-looking boys squatting close to the edge of the boat, holding what looked to be a piece of string attached to a wire-mesh cage lying just below the surface of the water.

    The Joy Luck Club

  • Snack Men:1 piece of string cheese and 1 medium-size apple: 167 calories

    Lange 2010

  • A lame youth, whom Apollo had recompensed with a pipe, and to which he had added a tabourin of his own accord, ran sweetly over the prelude, as he sat upon the bank — Tie me up this tress instantly, said Nannette, putting a piece of string into my hand — It taught me to forget I was a stranger — The whole knot fell down — We had been seven years acquainted.

    The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman

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  • Ooh, that would be a good one. Go on, Prolagus.

    April 9, 2008

  • A colon walks into a bar...

    April 9, 2008

  • Ohhh... a colon... I never seem to hear them when they're sung. Thanks for clarifying.

    April 9, 2008

  • I was imagining it with a colon if you must know:

    We three kings of Orientar:
    bearing gifts we traverse afar.

    I think it makes sense.

    April 9, 2008

  • Maybe reading this will help, trivet. Or you could listen to the Spinal Tap version of We Three Kings. ;)

    April 8, 2008

  • And now I'll be singing Christmas carols all day...

    April 8, 2008

  • I think it's fine. Shuffle it a bit and it makes a little more sense. "We three kings of Orientar traverse afar bearing gifts." Only then you'd have a hard time singing it. ;-)

    Oh, wait. You'd have to drop the "we."

    April 8, 2008

  • No, I mean, "We three kings of Orientar Bearing gifts we traverse afar," that doesn't work. The gerund and the "traverse" don't work for "we three kings." If it really were Orientar, it would have to be "We three kings of Orientar bear gifts as we traverse afar," and that just don't* scan right.

    *intentional subject-verb disagreement.

    April 8, 2008

  • Sure there's a verb--in the next line! "Bearing gifts we traverse afar...."

    April 8, 2008

  • But... but... then there's no verb...
    *sigh* I guess I was a weird kid.

    April 8, 2008

  • For quite a while I thought the three kings hailed from the mythical land of Orientar.

    April 8, 2008

  • Good idea. *singing* Well, three strings walked into a bar...
    (Pssst... bilby... did you mean "We three kings of Orient are"?)

    April 8, 2008

  • I think we could shoehorn 'well, three strings walked into a bar' into the phrasing and tune of 'we three kings of orient far'. If we, er, wished to do so.

    Great joke!

    April 8, 2008

  • Hahaha! A variation on one of my all-time favorites. :-) (In the version I know, three strings walk into a bar....)

    I always thought the opening line was almost as funny as the punchline.

    April 8, 2008

  • A piece of string walks into a bar. The bartender says, "Hey buddy! Can't you read the sign? We don't serve string in here." And tosses him out onto the curb. (Repeat ad nauseum.)

    Finally, the string thinks a little, musses up his hair, contorts himself into a hopeless tangle and goes back in. The bartender looks at him suspiciously and says, "Say, aren't you that piece of string I just threw out of here?" To which the string replies, "I'm a frayed knot."

    An oldie but... well, an oldie, anyway.

    April 8, 2008