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Things Unspoken Landing Page Up!
I made a Things Unspoken landing page! In honor, I'm taking up to three prompts in that setting!

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Re: On Beyond Zebra

Heh. In one of my own filks, after exhausting the alphabet I went on to these and other old letters.

That was, let's see, "An Abecedarium of Non-inflammanda", ttto (to the tune of) "Never Set the Cat on Fire" by Frank Hayes (YouTube3:00; lyrics), a beloved classic. The title means "An alphabet of things not to be set on fire". Since their English names are words, in the song I use those words rather than words that begin with those sounds.

(words copyright © 2011 thnidu)

Æ: Never set the ash on fire:
It's been there, done that, finished.
The stuff combustion would require
Is utterly diminished.
And if about the tree we're speakin',
Don't ask me, I'm not a Wiccan.
Still, never set the æsh on fire.

Þ: Never set the thorn on fire
Adjoining your foundation.
Your county, village, town, or shire
May call a violation.
And even if they don't, that bush
Will go up with a mighty whoosh...
The þorn may set your house on fire.
   And mind your manor
   As circumstances may require
   And never set the mat* on fire.

* alludes back to the M verse

The letters ash and thorn trace their history back to the Old English runes (and further):
Ash: As a letter of the Old English Latin alphabet, it was called æsc ("ash tree") after the Anglo-Saxon futhorc rune ᚫ (  ) which it transliterated; its traditional name in English is still ash /æʃ/.
Thorn: The letter originated from the rune ᚦ in the Elder Fuþark and was called thorn in the Anglo-Saxon [...] rune poems.

Or for Æ you could do Æsop.

Edited at 2015-04-27 10:48 pm (UTC)

*giggle* that's awesome. I approve x1000

Re: On Beyond Zebra


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