'I'm always looking for the Hows and the Whys and the Whats,' said Muskrat, 'That is why I speak as I do. You've heard of Muskrat's Much-in-Little, of course?'
'No,' said the child. 'What is it?'
- The Mouse and his Child. Russell Hoban.

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Thursday, 26 March 2009

All by herself, herself, herself.


  1. I love those old labels! They lied through their teeth, sometimes, but they were decorative and entertaining!

    Hmm. Can a label lie through its teeth? 'Lied through their typography' doesn't have quite the same ring though, does it? LOL!

  2. Yes! They are wonderful! I found this one on the Te Papa Museum website - I love the way she 'prepared it ONLY by herself, *and* EXCLUSIVELY by herself, AND (somehow - eh???!) UNDER HER OWN SUPERVISION.
    Being a nun, perhaps she had abilities us only 3-dimensional people don't have...

  3. Mary Joseph Aubert was a sexy Sheila. I'm off to bed now but I know her gorgeous visage will infiltrate my dreams....

  4. Hi,

    I haven't been round your blog recently - my loss! I always learn something new (love the Kiwi explanation) and I'd love to go to a drawing class like yours (it might improve my cartoons).

    Bon weekend!

  5. A wonderful example of tautology and probably pleonasm also in addition as well.

  6. GB this is a family blog.

  7. Oops. Humble apologies, Katherine, to you and your readers. I'll try and remember my Ts and Ps in future. Come to think of it I wonedr where minding one's Ps and Qs comes from. Another one for CJ.

  8. Wiki offers a number of possible origins.

  9. Interesting. Many thanks Katherine. I have become quite lazy about things like that and just refer them to CJ's Word Blog so that he can blog on them.

    I think I rather like the Pints and Quarts explanation. However there seems to have been an earlier usage as mentioned in The Phrase Finder