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You mean you don't know about Noah and his sons? You know, the whole shemetic  gang?

Jerome Walsh <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

>Shem?   What a pentschanjeuchy chap he was!  
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>(I once got to page 2 of FW.)
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>For the polyglots among you, a polyglot pun:  Shem?  An embarrassing name indeed!
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>Jerry
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>From: P <[log in to unmask]>
>To: [log in to unmask] 
>Sent: Tuesday, December 4, 2012 7:28 PM
>Subject: Re: OT: Coursera
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>I'll bet Jerome has the inside story on Shem, but as to the answer, I can 't even figure out what the question was.
>P.
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>Ken Armstrong <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
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>On 12/4/2012 6:11 PM, P wrote:
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>Curious how the body figures in such clichès. Joyce would probably be able to figure it out.
>Peter (verbal contortionist & logomaniac)
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>    Jerry's contorted worker put me in stitches, then at your suggestion put me in mind of a Joycean cliche composite: Shem the Penman:
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>Shem's bodily getup, it seems, included an adze of a skull, an 
>eight of a larkseye, the whoel of a nose, one numb arm up a 
>sleeve, fortytwo hairs off his uncrown, eighteen to his mock lip, 
>a trio of barbels from his megageg chin (sowman's son), the 
>wrong shoulder higher than the right, all ears, an artificial 
>tongue with a natural curl, not a foot to stand on, a handful of 
>thumbs, a blind stomach, a deaf heart, a loose liver, two fifths of 
>two buttocks, one gleetsteen avoirdupoider for him, a manroot 
>of all evil, a salmonkelt's thinskin, eelsblood in his cold toes, a 
>bladder tristended, so much so that young Master Shemmy on 
>his very first debouch at the very dawn of protohistory seeing 
>himself such and such, when playing with thistlewords in their 
>garden nursery, Griefotrofio, at Phig Streat III Shuvlin, Old 
>Hoeland, (would we go back there now for sounds, pillings and 
>sense? would we now for annas and annas? would we for full- 
>score eight and a liretta? for twelve blocks one bob? for four tes- 
>ters one groat? not for a dinar! not for jo!) dictited to of all his 
>little brothron and sweestureens the first riddle of the universe: 
>asking, when is a man not a man?
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>For the answer, if you don't have it, you can get it at 
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>http://instruct.uwo.ca/english/454f/fw2.html
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>Gosh, thank goodness for the Internet!
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>Ken A
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