At 4/9/2001 17:52 +0100, Toby Stokes wrote:
>I vaguely remember some just so stories by Rudyard Kipling about the
>origins of letters, and i think they were mostly male.
_The First Letter_ and _How the Alphabet was Made_. They're both in the
Just So Stories. The leading characters are
Tegumai Bopsulai, and this means
'Man-who-does-not-put-his-foot-forward-in-a-hurry'; but we, O Best Beloved,
will call him Tegumai, for short... And his little girl-daughter's name was
Taffimai Metallumai, and that means,
'Small-person-without-any-manners-who-ought-to-be-spanked'; but I'm going
to call her Taffy.
Well there are both ends of a carp, a snake, drying poles, and several
other things. I'll leave the sexes of the carp and snake to zoologists, and
their genders to grammarians. I think the tree that the drying poles came
from was bisexual.
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