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One for Valetine's Day

The lyrics to "the owl and the pussycat" - What is a Runcible Spoon?
A traditional childrens poem , or folksong, as the lyrics to the owl and the pussycat have been set to music and recorded by several artists. The author of the owl and the pussycat was of course Edward Lear (1812 - 1888) and the first publication date of the owl and the pussycat was 1871. Wonderful illustrated graphics have also been set to the words of the owl and the pussycat poem helping to fire the imagination of a child! The burning question remains, however, what exactly is the runcible spoon referred to in the words of the owl and the pussycat poem? The probable definition of this term is that a runcible spoon is a small fork with three prongs, one having a sharp edge, and curved like a spoon. This spoon is used to eat pickles, etc.


The Owl and the Pussycat went to sea
In a beautiful pea-green boat,
They took some honey, and plenty of money,
Wrapped up in a five pound note.
The Owl looked up to the stars above,
And sang to a small guitar,
"O lovely Pussy! O Pussy, my love,
What a beautiful Pussy you are, you are, you are,
What a beautiful Pussy you are."
Pussy said to the Owl "You elegant fowl,
How charmingly sweet you sing.
O let us be married, too long we have tarried;
But what shall we do for a ring?"
They sailed away, for a year and a day,
To the land where the Bong-tree grows,
And there in a wood a Piggy-wig stood
With a ring at the end of his nose, his nose, his nose,
With a ring at the end of his nose.
"Dear Pig, are you willing to sell for one shilling your ring?"
Said the Piggy, "I will"
So they took it away, and were married next day
By the Turkey who lives on the hill.
They dined on mince, and slices of quince,
Which they ate with a runcible spoon.
And hand in hand, on the edge of the sand.
They danced by the light of the moon, the moon, the moon,
They danced by the light of the moon.

Title:The Owl and the Pussy cat
Username:Paree Paree
Uploaded:13 Feb 2008 - 5:46 PM
Tags:Digitally manipulated, Fantasy.old oil canvas, General, Humour / fun, Nursery rhymes, Valetine\\\'s day. money
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mrswoolybill
mrswoolybill Critique Team 8530 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom1094 Constructive Critique Points
13 Feb 2008 - 5:50 PM

Darkly romantic - a good Valentine's upload!
Moira

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Badgerfred
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13 Feb 2008 - 6:04 PM

Excellent work Maureen,
Fred.

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fentiger
fentiger e2 Member 13915 forum postsfentiger vcard England22 Constructive Critique Points
13 Feb 2008 - 6:05 PM

Beautifully creative work Maureen.

Albert

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dianah
dianah e2 Member 824474 forum postsdianah vcard United Kingdom4 Constructive Critique Points
13 Feb 2008 - 6:10 PM

This is one of your best I think Maureen..it looks like an old poster for a film..brilliant work.
Di

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Paree
Paree e2 Member 9603 forum postsParee vcard 3 Constructive Critique Points
13 Feb 2008 - 6:11 PM

thanks every one,
I am now trying to catch up on what every one has been doing
maureen

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viscostatic
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13 Feb 2008 - 6:14 PM

A wonderful image.

Phil.

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Bob_V
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13 Feb 2008 - 6:23 PM

Superb work.
Bob

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kitsch
kitsch e2 Member 8439 forum postskitsch vcard United Kingdom4 Constructive Critique Points
13 Feb 2008 - 6:31 PM

great manipulation love the colours and general feel of it Smile

jo

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Cormy
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13 Feb 2008 - 6:32 PM

A wonderful story and great image Maureen.
Cheers
Alan

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willgriffiths
willgriffiths e2 Member 7willgriffiths vcard Wales
13 Feb 2008 - 6:33 PM

Excellent work its fab I love it. Will

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AnneWorner
AnneWorner e2 Member 7618 forum postsAnneWorner vcard United States43 Constructive Critique Points
13 Feb 2008 - 6:33 PM

Definitely appropriate for Valentine's. It's been years since I've heard that poem, it was always a favorite when I was a child.
Lovely work Maureen - the work of an artist Smile
Anne

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lifesnapper
lifesnapper e2 Member 8lifesnapper vcard England1 Constructive Critique Points
13 Feb 2008 - 7:01 PM

My fav' nursery ryme of all time Maureen, and who wonderfuly you've brought it to life.

John Smile

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GalleryGirl
13 Feb 2008 - 7:10 PM

I agree with John above - my absolute favourite nursery rhyme and I still remembered if off by heart!
Marilyn x
By the way - a runcible spoon is a forklike spoon with a cutting edge.

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MickyMc
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13 Feb 2008 - 7:55 PM

fabulous my favourite nursery ryhmeI love your take on it
Mavis

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Eviscera
Eviscera e2 Member 81105 forum postsEviscera vcard United Kingdom149 Constructive Critique Points
13 Feb 2008 - 7:57 PM

splendid from mind to image Pareen , what a beautiful pea green boat and sea and owl and cat and all !

dave

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CliveA
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13 Feb 2008 - 8:07 PM

I caused an unwelcome debate in the pub about the meaning of the "runcible spoon" Maureen. It seems that the more educated think that Mr. Lear made it up during a relaxed moment and left it open to conjecture. Typical of Lear.
Forklike spoon...Pffff
Clive

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zed
zed e2 Member 10551 forum postszed vcard United Kingdom
13 Feb 2008 - 8:13 PM

good work..Smile

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Paree
Paree e2 Member 9603 forum postsParee vcard 3 Constructive Critique Points
13 Feb 2008 - 8:20 PM

The first practical application of runcification was in 1871 when Edward Lear noted that a runcible spoon could be used by owls and pussycats. ("They dined on mince, and slices of quince, / Which they ate with a runcible spoon," from The Owl & The Pussy-Cat.)

In subsequent years Lear applied the principles of runcibility in other fields:

"He has gone to fish, for Aunt Jobiska's Runcible Cat with crimson whiskers!" (1877). "His body is perfectly spherical, / He weareth a runcible hat" (1888). "What a runcible goose you are!" (1895). "We shall presently all be dead, / On this ancient runcible wall" (1895).


(I think he was avin a larf,)
maureen
or perhaps he was telling his old mother Sybli to run, before he was found out ha ha

Last Modified By Paree at 13 Feb 2008 - 8:25 PM

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Paree
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13 Feb 2008 - 8:26 PM

or perhaps he was telling his old mother Sybil to run, before he was found out ha ha

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lonely_oryx
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13 Feb 2008 - 8:43 PM

I knew this was yours. Welcome back. great image

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ericfaragh
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13 Feb 2008 - 8:44 PM

Impressive work.

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Bodiewil
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13 Feb 2008 - 8:59 PM

Beautiful work Maureen stunning imagination

Dave

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Joline
Joline e2 Member 8Joline vcard United States52 Constructive Critique Points
13 Feb 2008 - 9:26 PM

I am an undying fan of nursery rhymes, and your illustrations are the best! If you ever do a book, please put me on your list. Excellent.

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bricurtis
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13 Feb 2008 - 9:29 PM

Fabulous representation of the Lear poem Maureen.
Good to see you back.
Brian.

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PatrickSmith
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13 Feb 2008 - 9:42 PM

Sounds like we can adapt the word 'runcible' into today's PC world. For example; "If she would just stop eating, she would not be so runcible." Anyway, an excellent image and story.

Patrick

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Curtain
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13 Feb 2008 - 10:14 PM

Simply wonderful.
Nick

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Paree
Paree e2 Member 9603 forum postsParee vcard 3 Constructive Critique Points
14 Feb 2008 - 10:23 AM

Patrick,
what a wonderful idea to use the word runcible today

I'm just off for a quick runcible.
or
I couldn't believe it he was completely runcibled.
any more?
maureen
Smile Smile Smile

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ChiliMan
ChiliMan e2 Member 8135 forum postsChiliMan vcard Singapore17 Constructive Critique Points
14 Feb 2008 - 8:03 PM

You're back!

Happy Valentine's, Maureen Smile))

I love 'The Owl and the Pussycat'. The only other place I've seen "The Runcible Spoon" is...oh man...can't remember now...BUT, it's the name of a restaurant/bar in a series I love. "Ed", I think.

You know what? The pickle spork sounds viable. I mean, you could scoop whilst draining the vinegar, ya? Rather runcible, in my opinion Smile

A.
x

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JohnH37
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15 Feb 2008 - 5:58 PM

Excellent.
-John

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thorn
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16 Feb 2008 - 1:15 PM

Hi Maureen,
Lear seemed to like the word runcible which is a nonsense word that he made up to fit in to his poems he loved doing that kind of thing,try looking up Wikipedia,it tells you more about runcible spoon and about Lear himself.
Twenty six nonsense rhymes and pictures also refers to it.
The Dolomphious Duck,
who caught spotted frogs for her dinner
with a runcible spoon.Lear illustrated this with the 'Dolomphious Duck' holding in it's beak an elongated spoon with a frog in it.
He also spoke of runcible hat's,cats,walls and a goose.
The modern way of thinking is a fork with three prongs like a pickle fork.
I think once the owl and the pussycat became popular there was a runcible pub as well.
Love the manipulation,detail,lighting and class work.take care,AnnSmile

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Paree
Paree e2 Member 9603 forum postsParee vcard 3 Constructive Critique Points
16 Feb 2008 - 10:37 PM

thanks Ann
for all that interesting info.

has any one out there got a photo of a runcble spoon
to upload
maureen

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Paree
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19 Feb 2008 - 10:48 PM

thanks Ann for the award
maureen

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