Thursday, July 27, 2017


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From a morbid swelling of the ocean in around 1200 . . .

. . . to an expression of satisfaction around 1930:
All's swell that ends swell.



At 10:39 PM, Blogger TheBigHenry said...

All swell that ends swell.

The "'s" is redundant.

At 11:05 PM, Blogger TheBigHenry said...

All swell that end swell.

The other "s" is also redundant.

At 10:36 AM, Blogger Horace Jeffery Hodges said...

I started (in my mind) with Shakespeare:

"All's Well That Ends Well"

I then tried (in my mind) the various 'soundings':

"All's Swell That Ends Swell"
"All Swell That End Swell" etc. . .

I then ran out of time to think rigorously . . .
. . . and you caught me.

Mea culpa . . .

Jeffery Hodges

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At 10:51 AM, Blogger TheBigHenry said...


I don't speak French, but if you do, you might contrive something clever from "Honi soit qui mal y pense" ["Shame be to him who thinks evil of it"].

You probably know that this is the motto of the British chivalric Order of the Garter.

At 12:52 PM, Blogger Horace Jeffery Hodges said...

Interestingly, that motto appears at the very end of "Sir Gawain and the Green Knight," an epic poem from the middle ages that everyone should read.

Jeffery Hodges

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