When all of the toes on the foot are almost exactly the same length, including the big toe, it is said that the patient has a “square foot.” The medical term is Peasant Foot. In my professional opinion, this is the stablest, most functional kind of foot and the superior foot among foot types. It is said that people with this foot (most have two) have a tendency to be calm and calculated when making decisions. As a result of this, they are very reliable and practical and well, usually geniuses. I gained this insight into the personality through the lower extremity of the leg below the ankle from extensive Googling research and from looking down towards the end of me. Many cultures connect different body parts and fluids to human behavior. Look for a future post where I will explain the Japanese tradition of deriving personality traits by blood type.
Topic: Dr. Suess
Dr. Suess (Theodore Geisel) and I share the same medical specialty so I got to thinkering about how he came up with his pen name. This is what I found out: his middle name is Suess and his mother’s maiden name was Seuss. The end. No wait, there’s more. He added “Dr.” because although he dropped out of his Phd program at Oxford, he wanted to tip his hat to his abbreviated experience. And he first started using the pseudonym after he got kicked off the school magazine at Dartmouth for public drunkenness.
This is from Wikipedia, so it’s must be true: We pronounce his name /ˈsʲuːs/, an anglicized pronunciation inconsistent with his German surname (the standard German pronunciation is [ˈzɔʏ̯s]). He himself noted that it rhymed with “voice” (his own pronunciation being /ˈsɔɪs/). Alexander Liang, one of his collaborators on the Dartmouth Jack-O-Lantern, wrote of it:
You’re wrong as the deuce
And you shouldn’t rejoice
If you’re calling him Seuss.
He pronounces it Soice (or Zoice)
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Before Ted was a doctor, he was an ad man. Here are a couple of his adverts:
During my lunch break, I was perusing my copy of The Complete Lyrics by Ira Gershwin (Ed. Robert Kimball) when I happened upon this doozie of a lyric below, written in 1937. Oh, what would it be like to be considered a full-fledged person? In another version of this song called “Stand Up and Fight” the last line is, “Aren’t women human beings?” Well, are they?
On another note, I was tickled to see the word “evildoer.” The first time I heard the word
was from George W. Bush in 2001 and I thought he made it up as he is wont to do.
Of all the jobs listed, “Chief Commission of Sewers” is inspired. In the front of the book there is a quote from Elvis Costello: “A recommendable, if intimidating, read for any lyricist.” Agreed.
There is another lyric that Ira wrote in 1950 that would make a good companion piece to this one called, “Don’t be a Woman if You Can.” “You’re better off a zombie, Or Fitch and Abercrombie…” How au courant, Ira!