I'm trying to remember a certain quote representing the concept of miscellany (or randomness perhaps). I can't give much information except that it is of the form "Of ... and ... and ... etc.", contains various 'unusual' words, and has a rhyming scheme. I could swear it is attributed to Lewis Carroll, but I could well be wrong on that.

Regretfully that's all the information I can give for now; Google is not being terribly helpful with this! If anyone has an idea, please by all means post it.

  • Even one of the "unusual" words might trigger a memory in one of the regulars here ...
    – Robusto
    Commented Jan 16, 2011 at 23:22
  • @Robusto: Indeed... unfortunately my memory is failing me utterly right now! I'll be sure to post if one occurs to me.
    – Noldorin
    Commented Jan 16, 2011 at 23:24
  • I know the feeling and you have my sympathy. I wish I had more to offer. Commented Jan 17, 2011 at 0:14
  • Thanks, Cerberus... I encounter this "fingertips" feeling too often, hah.
    – Noldorin
    Commented Jan 17, 2011 at 0:21
  • @Noldorin: Yeah, I hate the feeling too. What happens to me is, my brain tries to give me a different word that is stored somewhere near the one I'm looking for. Like I was trying to think of the word prosaic the other day and my brain wanted to give me rustic. Stupid brain.
    – Robusto
    Commented Jan 17, 2011 at 0:24

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Perhaps you mean the following quote from Carroll's "The Walrus and the Carpenter":

"The time has come," the Walrus said,
"To talk of many things:
Of shoes--and ships--and sealing-wax--
Of cabbages--and kings--
And why the sea is boiling hot--
And whether pigs have wings."

For the full text:http://www.jabberwocky.com/carroll/walrus.html

  • Ah yes, you got it! Thanks very much. It seems I was right about it being from a work of Carroll, but I couldn't for the life of me find it.
    – Noldorin
    Commented Jan 17, 2011 at 1:29
  • (And I suppose I chose to interpret it as "miscellany", though the meaning is probably open.)
    – Noldorin
    Commented Jan 17, 2011 at 1:31

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