Because E is for Eletelephony, one of my favorite poems as a kid and an adult.
The photo is a page from a Childcraft book circa 1957. You’ll notice the illustration is by Walt Disney. Way before the Disney mega-entity is what is today.
Once there was an elelphant
Who tried to use the telelphant–
No! No! I mean an elelphone
Who tried to use the telephone–
(Dear me! I am not certain quite
That even now I’ve got it right.)
Howe’er it was, he got his trunk
Entangled in the telephunk;
The more the tried to get it free,
The louder bused the telephee–
(I fear I’d better drop the song
Of elehop and telephong!)
–Laura E. Richards
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