“The Zealless Xylographer”


Mary Mapes Dodge

(Dedicated to the End of the Dictionary.)

A xylographer started to cross the sea
By means of a Xanthic Xebec;
But, alas! he sighed for the Zuyder Zee,
And feared he was in for a wreck.
He tried to smile, but all in vain,
Because of a Zygomatic pain;
And as for singing, his cheeriest tone
Reminded him of a Xylophone —
Or else, when the pain would sharper grow,
His notes were as keen as a Zuffolo.
And so it is likely he did not find
On board, Xenodochy to his mind.
The fare was poor, and he was sure
Xerophagy he could not endure;
Zoophagous surely he was, I aver,
This dainty and starving Xylographer.
Xylophagous truly he could not be —
No sickly vegetarian he!
He’d have blubbered like any old Zeuglodon
Had Xerophthalmia not come on.
And the end of it was he never again
In a Xanthic Xebec went sailing the main.

— Mary Mapes Dodge, When Life Is Young, 1894

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7 thoughts on ““The Zealless Xylographer”

  1. Maybe all the words that are contained in the “XYZ” volume of the “Oxford English Dictionary” are found here. I saw this story today Edmark and passed it along to my boss who is a wordsmith as I’ve mentioned before – I told him to use each word in 2019 and I am passing it along to you with the same suggestion:

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