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Saturday, 28 November 2009
A capital fellow

We all know how one small word can make a difference - one small word for [a] Man, God  wot [rot]. But so can a shift key.  Pace e e cummings, it  matters. By the way, is pace just another way of saying "to hell with"?

Anyway, here are some famous opening lines. Can anyone spot the shift in meaning?

Whose woods these are I think I know.
His house is in the Village though

I am not the first to observe this, but the devil take me if I can remember who is.

I'm away for a couple of days. Toodle pip.

Posted on 11/28/2009 4:39 AM by Mary Jackson
29 Nov 2009
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Trailing Clods Of
Moving beyond the well-traveled roads of Rodham's "It takes a village to raise an idiot," and Dostoyevksy's paean to repatriation, "The village called - they want their idiot back," it would be a waste of time to look for the meaning of the capitalization in "Fox and hounds" given that it was probably inadvertent; not the result of a half-baked attempt to invoke a pub.  Besides the latter is clearly doggerel.  It's also scarcely worth noting that while " sharin' " does not alliterate with "Charon," it does rhyme.
- Might as well grab some fruit-of-the-looms as low-hanging as "Edward Balls" by citing lines which follow the famous ones faithlessly reproduced (perhaps from the same publisher who gave Hugh "A good night for nothing") by Mary:
My little horse* must think it queer to hear
The village people bringing up the rear 
* For those growing fonder of Mary during her hiatus: