Monday, June 05, 2006

More Literary Fun with Spam

One of these is from the first page of Finnegans Wake; one is spam. Can you tell the difference?

A. If penultimate, not preempt. Some sandburg slippery, rejuvenating. Some loam. Seamen on state. A snake, a columbine: try bicarbonate, see, despise. Hereabout some fickle, gargantuan, but concave and systematic, may be troublesome or autocratic. A gentleman may creep through the oasis footwear on tobago, on jumble and slosh, view on glow or lawgiving realisable. Some easygoing, in moist reuben. Moliere?

B. Rot a peck of pa's malt had Jhem or Shen brewed by arclight and rory end to the regginbrow was to be seen ringsome on the aquaface. The fall(bababadalgharaghtakamminarronn-konnbronntonnerronntuonnthunntrovarrhoun-awnskawntoohoohoordenenthurnuk!) of a once wallstrait oldparr is retaled early in bed and later on life down through all christian minstrelsy.


  1. Bwa-ha-ha-ha-ha!! I LOVE your spam (mine is nowhere near so... literary).

    But I'll bite. Hmmm... well, option B sounds better in a brogue, so I'll say *that's* the Joyce.


  2. Hee.

    "moist reuben" ==> spam sandwich or Irish delicacy?

    Anyone, anyone?



  3. yes, I can (what a question! :-D)

    B is most definitely the JJ.

  4. Hee, Nadia -- I *knew* a Joyce reference would pull you out of lurkdom!

    (For other people: Viacimo is right.)

  5. Try writing "bababadalgharaghtakamminarronn-konnbronntonnerronntuonnthunntrovarrhoun-awnskawntoohoohoordenenthurnuk" in longhand. Joyce must have been merrily in his cups that day.