Homme Petit d’Homme

I’ve been scratching my chin for ten minutes now, trying to decipher this poem:

Homme petit d’homme petit, s’attend, n’avale
Homme petit d’homme petit, à degrés de bègues folles
Anal deux qui noeuds ours, anal deux qui noeuds s’y mènent
Coup d’un poux tome petit tout guetteur à gaine

“Do you recognize this passage? No? Try reading it aloud. Cognitive scientists use it to illustrate the complexity of human communications.”

Nope. Still don’t get it. Maybe I should try reading it aloud with an English accent…

14 Responses to “Homme Petit d’Homme”

  1. Jeroen says:

    It looks like it should be some Winnie the Poo rhyme, with a Hompedee Dompedee start.
    I on’t get it, but it reminds me of a Dutch sentence done in the same fake French style:

    D’ou velle ainsi ni d’homme.

    It came to me with the (fake?) story that it was the motto of king Louis Napoleon who reigned over The Netherlands (and Belgium I presume, being the Dutch chauvinist pig I am) after we were beaten by the French. He was very benevolent with the Dutch and had this ‘French’ sentence made so he could pronounce his motto in Dutch.

    I won’t post the Dutch sentence yet, so you you have two brain wrecking puzzels for your thursday amusement.


  2. Johan says:

    You gotta not your english nursery rhymes :)

    Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall.
    Humpty Dumpty had a great fall.
    All the king’s horses and all the king’s men
    Couldn’t put Humpty together again.

    Check out http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Humpty_Dumpty

  3. Jeroen says:

    Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall,
    Humpty Dumpty had a great fall;
    All the King’s horses and all the King’s men,
    Couldn’t put Humpty together again.

  4. Jeroen says:

    Johan and I posted that one simultaneously.

  5. Barry's Imaginary Publisher says:

    Johan: thanks — blessed relief!
    Jeroen: damn you!

  6. Barry's Imaginary Publisher says:

    (… for that second conundrum, I mean…)

  7. Rusty Monk says:

    Lol, there was a picture of Humpty Dumpty ON the page, come on! :)

  8. Jeroen says:

    “Damn you”??????
    Now was that a nice way of asking for the solution?

  9. Barry's Imaginary Publisher says:

    Rusty: here in Belgium (you know, the Old Europe?) Humpty Dumpty’s fame is, shall we say, less than stellar.

    Jeroen: please give me the solution pretty pretty please with a cherry on top.

  10. Balint says:

    Speaking of languages – a version:

    “Hamti Damti ült a falon,
    kényelmesen ült ő nagyon
    De a nagy baj megesett
    Hamti Damti leesett

    Hiába a király lova
    Hiába a sok katona
    Hamti Damtit nem tudták ok összerakni
    Soha, soha, soha!”


  11. Jeroen says:

    Doe wel en zie niet om.

  12. Barry's Imaginary Publisher says:

    D’où belle ainsi ni homme?

  13. Scott says:

    Badminton anyone?

  14. casper says:

    And now we are on it that’s why all the president’s men is callen all the president’s men

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