I’m damned if I see how the helican!

Merritt,  Brown pelican


My learned friend Mike ‘Good at French’ Taylor comments that the Spanish word for Pelican is Alcatraz and that the Arabic word for bucket is also Alcatraz.

This leads me to suppose that the Spaniards used the the Arabic word when naming the bird, Spain having been an essentially Arab country for centuries, in reference to the bucket like bill of the Pelican. The infamous island in the Bay thus may have got its name because Pelicans roosted there.  I think ‘The Bucket’ would have made an excellent name for the jail. What fun.

Anyway, here’s Lear

A wonderful bird is the pelican,
His bill will hold more than his belican,
He can take in his beak
Enough food for a week
But I’m damned if I see how the helican!

The learned Bob Logan has corrected my attribution of the above to Lear. Check it out:


This entry was posted in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink.

4 Responses to I’m damned if I see how the helican!

  1. Bob says:

    The poem is from Dixon ; universally wrongly attributed to Ogden Nash.

  2. Bob says:

    The accursed auto spell continues to defeat me.
    Peon by Dixon Lanrie Merrith (1910)!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s