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Topic: Huh? (01/21/10)
TITLE: The Kingdom of Thesaurius
By Mary Lou Tiner
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The Kingdom of Thesaurius
Invited Frank Scholar-ius
Who’s work would be laborious
But simply must be done!
Their language was inadequate
For all the scholars now admit
An etymon was deficit
There was no word for “huh”.
The Kingdom was dissatisfied
For “huh” cannot be classified
It sounds like verbal homicide
It’s not a word at all.
Frank’s research was meticulous
Consulting terms indigenous
Avoiding words precarious
And yet Frank could find none.
For when Frank tried to recompose
A “d” with “h” he did transpose
The only word Frank could expose
Was “duh” instead of “huh”.
For “huh” is most mysterious
An idiom most curious
Sometimes it’s most compendious
Revealing you are dumb.
But other meanings do exist
For those who lean toward pragmatist
These experts firmly will insist
It means: you didn’t hear.
Now Frank faced this predicament
The Kingdom pressed toward banishment
This word was an embarrassment
“Huh” really had to go.
Frank sought out every novelist
He questioned every journalist
He even asked a Methodist.
Yet no one had a clue.
Alas, poor Frank found no success
No other word could best express
The Kingdom had to acquiesce
And let “huh” just be “huh”.
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