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Beware the misnamed monster.

Thanks for a good August issue, with lots of helpful information. But perhaps you should print a minor correction, for the benefit of youngsters like Phil Zarrow, who were not schooled in the days when students were expected to memorize poems ("Beware the Jabberwocky," August 2003).

The poem title was "Jabberwocky" but the monster was the Jabberwock. The lines, as I recall, were, "Beware the Jabberwock, my son/ The jaws that bite!/ The claws that catch!/ Beware the Jub-Jub bird,/ and shun the frumious Bandersnatch!"

I cannot guarantee the spelling and punctuation without checking a source, but I think those are the correct words---unless Phil was warning us against the poem, which I admit is not first-class.

Besides, the word Jabberwocky would not scan in that line! Have a frabjous day!

--George Riley, Ph.D, FlipChips Dot Com

The author responds:

Thanks, George.

Since yours was the only comment to this effect, I am glad that there is at least one literate person in this industry. By the way, it was that damn carpenter who gave me the spelling; I should have listened to the walrus.


The Chesire Cat [Phil Zarrow, ITM Consulting]
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Author:Riley, George
Publication:Circuits Assembly
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Date:Oct 1, 2003
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