Linguimericks—Book ६३ SpecGram Vol CLXXXIV, No 4 Contents R’s Are Ours!—Hugh Kipper

Hippotomia of Tyre

Presented by
The Phreeee-Phinkin’ Philosophers of Philologogia
and The SpecGram Encyclopedia of Linguistic Deities

Who can forget the goddess Hippotomia of Tyre, the ancient Syrian Goddess of wh-movement? Anthropologists of religion see her as originally a horse deity, with material cultural artefacts from the 3rd millennium BC depicting her as seated astride a magnificent four-headed horse and consuming custard slices. However, with the shift of ancient Syrian from a wh-in situ language to a wh-fronted language, her divine roles and responsibilities gradually shifted to encompass these aspects of the language. At the peak of her popularity, she was honored in a yearly wh-fire ceremony where worshippers would write wh-fronted questions on pieces of parchment and then throw them into the fire. On occasion, records attest that the goddess herself would descend and ask the worshippers ‘What are you doing?’ For more information on Hippotomia of Tyre, look her up on WhoTube. As she herself might ask: what have you got to lose?

LinguimericksBook ६३
R’s Are Ours!Hugh Kipper
SpecGram Vol CLXXXIV, No 4 Contents