Bewitched, Bothered, and Bemildred

When rocks speak! A bit of Zippy silliness to start off the weekend:

Bewitched, Bothered, and Bemildred (or Bewildered) are three bat brothers from the Pogo cartoons. Three-part expressions (with primary accent on the third element) are all over the place: Signed, Sealed, and Delivered; liberty, equality, fraternity; Meshach, Shadrach, and Abednego; Abraham, Martin, and John; ready, start, go; and endless others. (No, I’m not collecting these, just giving some diverse examples.)

2 Responses to “Bewitched, Bothered, and Bemildred”

  1. mpg Says:

    I can think of a few quadruplets — Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John; Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines; North, South, East, and West. Are there any quints?

    -mpg

  2. mollymooly Says:

    @mpg:
    Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich

    Re “ready start go”: start!? Surely “steady” or “set”? You don’t start until you go!

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