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My Ode to Miss Muffet: an Imperfect Piece of Writing, and the Value of Spell-check

Updated on August 24, 2016
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John values the use of humour and enjoys writing and reading limericks and jokes. He is a fan of Monty Python, Mr Bean, Black Books etc.

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What are Curds and Whey?

In the cheese making process, milk is separated out into solids (curds) and liquid (whey), usually with the aid of rennet, lemon juice or vinegar. The curds are slippery, white and somewhat gelatinous feeling. They taste very acidic early on in the cheese making process, and then mellow out as the lactic fermentation comes along.

The whey looks like cloudy, yellowish water. It tastes just like milk. If the cheese maker owns pigs, they may feed them the extracted whey. Parma hams are from pigs fed on the whey from Parmigiano Reggiano. Other cheese makers convert the whey into ricotta, or cottage cheese, fully extracting the last milk solids from the liquid. But more often than not, the whey ends up being distributed over the farmer’s pasture, fertilizing the land the dairy herd will end up grazing on once more.

Warning!

I know there are a lot of great writers here at Hub Pages who put a lot of time and effort into perfecting their art. To those people I wish to apologise now and recommend that you do not proceed to read this hub any further. This poem is simply a parody and not intended to offend, so if you are easily offended by bad spelling, grammar, and poor writing in general, please STOP! Read no more.. move on to another hub NOW!

If however you are not easily offended, can laugh at yourself and think there is a place (somewhere) for other writers both good and bad..then, be my guest and please continue to read this poem, "My Ode to Miss Muffet."

I did put this poem through the Hub Pages spell-check and it found no errors....so...enough said.

Little Miss Muffet 2 - WW Denslow - Project Gutenberg etext 18546
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The Eagles referred to the Porsche Spyder and the death of James Dean in the song "James Dean", using the popular poem "Little Miss Muffet" in the song.

(source: Wikipedia)

Ode to Miss Muffet

by John Hansen © 2014

To pass the thyme eye like to right,

Eye do it every day and knight.

Sometimes poetry, sometimes prose,

With spell cheque almost anything goes.


It doesn't matter that wee can't spell,

Or if hour gramma has a funny smell.

If you can put your pen to paige

It's possible to urn a wage.


Nouns and verbs they rule the joint,

But punctuation, watts the point?

A semi-colon has no class,

And a colon just a pain in the ass.

Origins and Meaning Of "Little Miss Muffet".

The nursery rhyme "Little Miss Muffet" first appeared in print in 1805, in a book titled Songs for the Nursery. Its origins are unclear, like many such rhymes. Some say it may have been written by Dr Thomas Muffet, an English physician and entomologist, regarding his stepdaughter Patience; others claim it refers to Mary, Queen of Scots, who was said to have been frightened by religious reformer John Knox.

(source: Wikipedia)

Tuffet

  1. A small seat or stool covered in fabric so the legs aren't showing
  2. A clump of something Eg. A tuffet of grass

Though I really like quotation marques.

Dialogue gives yore righting sparks.

Full stops or comas, which too ewes?

Hold on aisle just go ask my moose.


Poems don't even knead to rime,

Just brake prose into shorter lines.

Most poets don't even knead spell cheque,

They make-up words so watt the heck.


The major reason that I'm a poet,

I'm week at grammar, and don't I no it.

So four anyone two enjoy my words

Please separate the whey from curds.

Little Miss Muffet 1 - Illustration by w:en:William Wallace Denslow from the Project Gutenberg EBook of Denslow's Mother Goose, by Anonymous
Little Miss Muffet 1 - Illustration by w:en:William Wallace Denslow from the Project Gutenberg EBook of Denslow's Mother Goose, by Anonymous | Source

What is you favourite nursery rhyme?

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      John Hansen 4 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you for re-reading this Marie. I love Robert Louis Stevenson's poetry too, and many don't even realise he was a poet. Much appreciated. Take care.

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      Marie Flint 4 weeks ago from Jacksonville, Florida USA

      I'm re-reading this one, John, because it came up on my Facebook memories. I still get a chuckle out of it.

      If I had to vote for a children's poem, it might be one from Robert Louis Stevenson. When my elder daughter was in first grade, she had to memorize his The Swing, and I memorized it with her. I recite it to my grandchildren when I'm giving them a push on a public swing.

      The other one I really like by him is “The world is so full of a number of things, I ’m sure we should all be as happy as kings.”

      Have a great day!

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Yes Missy you are lucky, at least half of my hubs were affected. I got rid of the little white robots but still have black ones everywhere :) If you haven't had any on your hubs you won't even know what they look like (oh yes you will they are shown at the bottom of your accounts page in the list of symbols).

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      Missy Smith 2 years ago from Florida

      I haven't ran into editbot yet. I guess I should knock on wood. :)

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Yes it's weird how some unknown or unexplainable force guides us to read certain hubs just at the right time Missy. The same thing often happens to me. Sometimes it's even to a hub by someone I don't follow and have never read before. Glad you liked my Miss Muppet Ode Missy Muppet.. :) I'd like to write a poem without using spell check at all but I am afraid "editbot" would want me to change everything. Thanks for reading another of my hubs.

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      Missy Smith 2 years ago from Florida

      How strange is it that I seem to pick exactly the right hub to read which kind of coincides with what we discussed on my last poem? I also just mentioned this to Faith Reaper too. I do the same when I go to her HP.

      We just talked about how I wrote my poem from the top of my head not using spell or grammar check. You said you still used it here, but this was sort of whimsical like that, in my opinion.

      This was cute. I loved it. I think you should go further and write without spell check. And it's so true; poems don't have to be that correct anyway. :)

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Good to meet another kindred spirit Harry. Thanks for reading another of my hubs.

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      Harry Higinbotham 2 years ago

      Ohm I! Eye founder kind red spear it!! Aisle of two right the sway a swell! Hugh kneeds pell check in knee whey? Coddle of dee anguish languish, know?

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Hi Shanmarie, glad you enjoyed this. I make so many grammatical mistakes I need to be able to laugh at myself. Thanks.

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      shanmarie 2 years ago

      Haha! Awesome! I think everyone should laugh at themselves sometimes. It happens, bad grammar, typoes, and such. Oh well.

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Hi Dean, thanks for commenting on this. Glad you found it a fun read.

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      Dean Traylor 2 years ago from Southern California

      now that's fun poem to read. Great stuff.

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      Audrey Hunt 2 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Funny stuff john. Very clever. Will pass this around. Thanks for the laugh

      Just what i need.

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thanks for reading this Rebecca, glad you thought it fun. I always have to spell check the spellchecker..I just don't trust it. I am sure mine have deteriorated too however.

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Hi ladyFiddler good to see you back, and look forward to reading more hubs by you. Glad this poem gave you a smile today. Thanks for the kind comment and God bless you too.

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      Joanna Chandler 2 years ago from On planet Earth

      Hi Jodah this was very creative and funny, you are a boss at poetry i admire your work. I haven't been around much for the past two months. I have been extremely busy so I'd try to get my writing back into the groove.

      Thanks for making me smile with your Little Miss Muffet poem ,lol

      May God bless U

      Have a swell day :)

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      Rebecca Mealey 2 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Cute an clever, Jodah. I honestly think my spelling skills have deteriorated since the advent of the spellchecker.

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you Vellur, glad this gave you a laugh. Have a great day.

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      Nithya Venkat 2 years ago from Dubai

      Funny, enjoyed reading! Great write!

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      Hannah David Cini 2 years ago from Nottingham

      I really liked this. It made me smile.

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thanks for reading and enjoying Kevin. So glad you weren't offended

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      The Examiner-1 3 years ago

      That was funny and interesting John even though I like to correct spelling errors, etc. I was not offended by it, I enjoyed it. :-) I voted up, shared and pinned it.

      Kevin

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you Dianna, always my pleasure to make you smile. Glad you had fun reading this.

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      You have me chuckling! I remember reciting Little Miss Muffet over and over as a child. It was fun to think about the spider causing alarm. Thanks for the smile today.

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you for those kind words Suzette....but I did use spell check on this poem :) Glad you enjoyed this.

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      Suzette Walker 3 years ago from Taos, NM

      LOL! Love the parody of this poem. I love the rhyme and your talent and creativity certainly come out in this piece. If it weren't for spell check my writing would probably look like your poem. You are such a versatile writer. I enjoyed this very much.

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      That's a nice compliment Ann. If nothing else I try to be as diverse as possible in my writing. I love to find new ways of getting a message across an humour is often very successful. I know my own writing isn't perfect but at least I can make it interesting I hope. Thanks again and glad my bow strings are in tune :) Glad you had fun with this.

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      Ann Carr 3 years ago from SW England

      What a versatile writer you are, John! You had me actually laughing out loud which is unusual when I read.

      When it comes down to it, we understand most things which are spelt incorrectly as long as they are phonetic or alternative.

      I love this; funny, clever and imaginative. You have so many strings to your bow and each one is totally in tune!

      Ann

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Tank ewe for the kind com meant Sherri. :)

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      SherriDW 3 years ago

      Thanks for the laugh. This was fun knee and ah sum ;)

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Don't be too hard on yourself Ryem. I find it difficult not to correct people's spelling and typos, but my own grammar still needs a lot of work so I rarely pick on that. Glad this let you laugh at yourself, and thanks for the kind comment. I'm a big Ryem fan too

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      Ryem 3 years ago from Maryland

      I have a horrible habit of correcting people's spelling and grammar errors, whether or not they ask for my help. This poem made me laugh at myself. I'm a big fan of your writing.

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you Marie, I really appreciate your kind comment, vote up and sharing. Glad you loved this.

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      Marie Flint 3 years ago from Jacksonville, Florida USA

      Loved it, Jodah--and you know me, a nit-picking editor.

      I also appreciated the explanation of curds and whey, although I pretty much already knew what they were.

      Voted Awesome and Funny. Sharing on Face Book. ***

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you for reading Jo, and for returning to comment. Sorry I didn't make the poem longer too, but it seemed to convey the message ok. Glad you enjoyed the read.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 3 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      John, I read this last night, but didn't get a chance to comment. Brilliant! I was disappointed when it ended. Clever and very entertaining.

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Hi Will, glad you found that particular stanza funny. It's my favourite too.

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thanks so much Mary, glad it helped ease the stress after a hard day. I appreciate the vote up too.

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Hi Nell, I used to have my spell check set to US but changed it to Australian.I thought, why change my normal way of writing, everyone is mature enough to understand that words are spelt differently in different places. Glad you found this enjoyable.

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thanks Dana, glad you are a Little Miss Muffet fan.

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      WillStarr 3 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      "Nouns and verbs they rule the joint,

      But punctuation, what's the point?

      A semi-colon has no class,

      And a colon just a pain in the ass."

      Now that's funny stuff! Up and hilarious!

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      Mary Hyatt 3 years ago from Florida

      I got a good laugh when I read this, and after a long stressful day, I really needed a good laugh!

      Voted UP, and funny!

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      Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

      Haha! very clever! and yes I just love those spell cheques!! its funny because everything is done 'American' style I sometimes sit here and scratch my head thinking, why is the stupid thing moaning at my spelling? then I remember! loved the poem! fun stuff!

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      Dana Tate 3 years ago from LOS ANGELES

      Very cute John: Miss Muffet was one of my favorite nursery rhymes.

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Hey Bekkie, snorting is a fine response :)

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      Bekkie 3 years ago

      Your humor is good! Made me snort. Hee hee!

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Hiya Kim, glad you enjoyed this little ditty. I like dim smiles an giglets two.

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Hey Audrey, thank you. I hoped this would provide a bit of humour.

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Haha Gypsy, thanks for adding your bit. It's clear you can relate.

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      ocfireflies 3 years ago from North Carolina

      John,

      OMG! Luv dis-Smyles an giglets

      upped/shard/pend

      : ) Kim

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      This just cracked me up John!

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 3 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      lol Voted up and funny. That's about what happens when I put on the spell checker in Word. If I right write or write right they are one and the same and it's up to me to recheck afterwards. If I don't so be it for me.

      Sometimes I'm write

      Other times I'm wrong

      But it is surely up to me

      to decided what I right

      and if that is write with me

      Sorry couldn't resist. I'm passing this on. I just gotta.

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thanks Rebecca, glad you can relate.

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      Rebecca Mealey 3 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Cute verse! I can certainly relate....and so creatively presented.

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Haha Harishprasad, you need to write out 100 times: "I must not use unnecessary hyphens."

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      Harish Mamgain 3 years ago from India

      John, I spotted a hyphen ( a grammatical mistake ) in my comment. I think you are too kind to point it out. Lol...(-:

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you Devika, for reading and such a great comment. Glad you enjoyed this hub.

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      A great introduction. So hilarious and a beautiful hub with such nice photos.

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thanks for reading Dean, and your kind comment. Have a good day.

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thanks for the vote up Beth...not sure how I feel about curds and whey. I'd have to try them to decide I guess. "High on the hog" though..hmm.

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you Alicia, I appreciate your support. Glad you found this funny.

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Aw thanks MsDora...my creativity, not sure. I am always trying to do something a little different..glad others appreciate it.

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you travmaj, glad I made your day :)

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Ok Shauna thanks for that info about cheese curds..not sure if you can get them here. I agree about the spell check.

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      Dean Traylor 3 years ago from Southern California

      This is great! Very Funny stuff.

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      Beth Perry 3 years ago from Tennesee

      Jodah, I think this is quite honest and very funny. So I voted up!

      I remember when my folks told me about curds and whey. According to my dad, if someone had curds and whey for lunch when he was a kid, then they were living high on the hog! (Personally, I wouldn't touch them with a ten-foot pole, but that's just me)

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      Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This is so funny, Jodah. I love your creativity!

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      Dora Weithers 3 years ago from The Caribbean

      Jodah, what is the secret of your creativity? You write from a higher rung of the ladder, every time--even when you write funny. Enjoyable!

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      travmaj 3 years ago from australia

      This was the best to wake up to this morning. You made my day. What fun. And so very clever and totally creative.

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thanks for that kind comment Bobbie...my own niche, you think so? :)

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Glad this poem made you laugh Audrey and you enjoyed the history lesson too. Maybe it will inspire a song in you. Have a great day.

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Exactly Jamie, you got it.

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Hey thanks Phyllis, I love to be a little ray of sunshine in your day :)

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      Shauna L Bowling 3 years ago from Central Florida

      John, I like cottage cheese, but here in America they also sell cheese curds. They're little bites of cheese that resembles no other. They're awesome!

      Yeah, spell check sucks. I don't count on it at all. You'd think they'd pick up the difference between their, there, and they're based on context in the grammar end of the tool.

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thanks for laughing Ruby.

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Glad the warning drew you in Mira instead of frightening you off. I have to re- read my writing at least three times and then still find errors after it's published, so I can relate.

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thanks Mary, glad you think she'd like it, and that it gave you a laugh. Thanks for the vote up too.

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Haha Shauna..you like cottage cheese. I read so many hubs that have obviously passed the spell check but have the wrong form of the word.. I just had to write this. Thanks.

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you for reading DreamingBoomer. Much appreciated.

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thanks for the great comment lambservant. There have been a lot of hubs written about poor grammar and improving it lately so thought I should add that warning :) thanks for the thumbs up though.

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      PurvisBobbi44 3 years ago from Florida

      Hi,

      Just got home from shopping and this is the first hub my eyes landed on to read. I am still laughing---too cute and funny.

      You just might have a niche of your own. Have a great night.

      Bobbi Purvis

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      Audrey Hunt 3 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Very clever and whey too much fun! And thanks for the history lesson on curds and whey. You'll be in my thoughts each time I down my cottage cheese. :) Voted across and sharing everywhere.

      I'll be laughing the rest of the day.

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      Jamie Lee Hamann 3 years ago from Reno NV

      Hey that is why I am a poet too. Funny and Fun! Jamie

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      Phyllis Doyle Burns 3 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

      You did it again, Jodah. You came up with a bit of humour and fun to lighten the day and give us a chuckle. Delightful !

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

      What a hoot, eye lol. Hee..

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      Mira Fang 3 years ago from Canada

      Haha. I loved your warning. I thought to myself 'Well, I know how poor my grammar and spelling can be. So this hub is a must read for me.' I actually worked with an editor for the first time on Monday. Pretty sure the poor woman is still suffering a migraine because of me. This was a fun read.

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      Mary Craig 3 years ago from New York

      You certainly tickled the funny bone with this one. Miss Muffet would be proud. Perhaps, and I say this tongue in cheek, this could be used in Creative writing 101!

      Voted up, funny, and awesome!!

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      Shauna L Bowling 3 years ago from Central Florida

      Too cute, John. Just shows to go ya spell check ain't worth diddly durn!

      I love cheese curds, by the whey - I mean, way!

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      Karen Kay 3 years ago from Jackson, MS

      very clever! (and creative!) I enjoyed your little satire.....

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      Lori Colbo 3 years ago from Pacific Northwest

      John, John, John, this was a brilliant peace of work. Take that preface of warning out of the article. The wrong grammer is part of the parody so it works grate. It would be a nice enough poem with prefect spelling and grammar, but the parody would be lost. Braking rules works in these situations. I loved this to peaces. You rock, dude.

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Hey thanks for reading peach purple, good to meet you. Thanks for the vote up too.

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Wow Bill, to make you cry tears of laughter is the ultimate compliment. I have to keep trying new stuff so I don't bore myself.. :) thanks pal.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Wiping the tears from my eyes.....still wiping....and still wiping....did I mention the tears were caused by laughter?

      Way too funny my friend. Your range of genres seems to have no limit.

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      peachy 3 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      Cute poem and i just got to know who was the author. Thanks, voted up

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      Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton

      lol thats funny too :)

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you Harisprasad, maybe this poem will act as a teaching aid in some way. Thanks for your kind comment and support.

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Hi Eric, you saw below the humour here. I was being a little sarcastic and as you say there is some sad truth here. Damn hyphens. :) Thanks for your comment.

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thanks for reading Frank, glad you got a laugh.

      One version we said as kids was:

      Little Miss Muffet sat on a tuffet eating her curds and whey,

      Along came a spider and sat down beside her,

      And she said "Rack off hairy legs"

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      Harish Mamgain 3 years ago from India

      John: I'm amazed at your creativity- to tell something worthwhile in such a funny way. Though volumes of writing can't convince the guys of the need of correct spelling and grammar, this funny poem conveys it so brilliantly. Great to see a lighter side of you !

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Excellent piece, both funny and sad in it's truth. They say the best jokes have a bit of truth in them --- or is that the best lies have a bit of truth in them? (note my unwholy use of hyphens ;-)