Pamcakes and Meebus

For the love of incomprehensible gibberish Very young children often have a remarkable facility with words. Not all of those words make sense to the adult ear, but that only means we get dumber as time goes on. Of course, there are exceptions to every rule, which would account for the occasionally incomprehensibleto the average mind at leastutterings of My One True Love.

For example, a familiar phrase such as "pancakes and eggs" becomes "pamcakes and meebus" when it exits her mouth. Although this may seem, at first, to be nothing more than mutilation, the genius of it becomes evident once the phrase is seen for what it really is. It's an anagram, and therein lies the splendor of the thing.

Since the Web-based anagram processor I used returned 58,824 possibilities for the pamcakes and meebus phrase, uncovering its true meaning required above-average powers of discernment. Fortunately, above-average powers of discernment are among my underling's talents, so I merely asked him to point out the most likely translation in the list. He did, and as usual, he was correct.

A Aback Upends Me Ems

The deciphered phrase is plainly a reference to her English professorone Adolph Abackwho had the loathsome habit of crossing out em dashes in his students' papers, then inserting long vertical marks of his own in their place. He did this, she thinks, because he was bored.

In any case, I've learned to think twice before I dismiss incomprehensible gibberish, no matter the relative age of its source. After all, isn't that what life is all about?



  1. Though you said it in quite an entertaining way, my experience confirms that one shouldn't instantly dismiss the seemingly incomprehensible. In a remarkable coincidence, I actually blogged about a similar topic last night:

  2. Yes, in your (considerably more lucid) post, one sentence in particular resonates: "Let no one tell me nothing is being communicated here!"