Stewart McKenzie

Rtfm 09 Say What? - Poem by Stewart McKenzie

Where do words come from?
I never made one up -
Well, maybe one or two,
But they didn’t catch on.
I never knew anyone who made one up.
I never heard of anyone who made one up -
Except scientists,
Who were not much good at it,
And James Joyce,
Who was much too good at it.
No less a wordsmith than Shakespeare himself
Tried and failed,
Try these on your spellchecker -
Tortive? Propugnation? Assubjugate?
Humpty Dumpty did it better.
And yet my language is full of words,
And my world full of languages.

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  • (3/30/2005 4:07:00 AM)

    As a child, I coined 'dungeonary' which the whole family used with confidence. Later acquaintance with basement nightclubs confirmed its validity! (Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, March 18, 2005

Poem Edited: Sunday, January 29, 2006

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