I’d like, in a high-toned kind of way, to recommend the excellent World Wide Words website and feed (I used four W’s because the “Web” is assumed present), which, for those who care about language in a scholarly way or are just looking for etymological belly-laughs (origin of “skivvies” anyone?) can’t be beat. Descending a couple of levels, I can’t help but note, in my capacity as occasional playground supervisor, that in the decades since I was in kindergarten, the childhood taunt “Na-na-na-na-na” has morphed into “Na-na-na-poo-poo.” This is clearly an improvement, incorporating both vowel variation and scatological implication. My congratulations to whichever younger generation innovated while I wasn’t listening.

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