Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Recursive Prepositions

I lately lost a preposition;
It hid, I thought, beneath my chair,
And angrily I cried, "Perdition!
Up from out of in under there."
Correctness is my vade mecum,
And straggling phrases I abhor,
And yet I wondered, "What should he come
Up from out of in under there for?"


John Moore. 1961. You English words. A book about them. New York: Dell. 197.

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