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Old 08-29-2003, 12:42 PM
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Origins of "May I mambo dogface on the banana patch?"


Here's another one from the useless trivia section of my life.

I'm trying to find the source of the phrase/song title/punchline of "May I mambo dogface on the banana patch?" Or words to the effect.

I'm not even sure how I go into the conversation where this came up... But it's stuck in my brain now.

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Old 08-29-2003, 12:53 PM
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This is from a Steve Martin album. He suggested talking "wrong" around little kids who are learning to talk. He imagined that a kid would raise his hand in first grade and say,
"Excuse me, teacher, may I mambo dogface to the banana patch?"
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Old 08-29-2003, 01:45 PM
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Oddly enough, this exact phrase was used in today's Get Fuzzy strip.
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Old 08-29-2003, 02:01 PM
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Dogface is really gonna enjoy that.
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Old 08-29-2003, 02:05 PM
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Knowing the crowd talking about this, it wouldn't surprise me. They came into my cube and asked me about it.

Apparently I'm getting a reputation as a fount of useless knowledge...
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Old 08-29-2003, 03:25 PM
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Apparently I'm getting a reputation as a fount of useless knowledge...
That's font, if you please. Font of useless knowledge.
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Old 08-29-2003, 03:47 PM
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That's font, if you please. Font of useless knowledge.
Webster's (and I's) disagrees with you.

fount
Pronunciation: 'faunt
Function: noun
Etymology: Middle English, from Middle French font, from Latin font-, fons
Date: 15th century
: FOUNTAIN, SOURCE
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Old 08-29-2003, 03:47 PM
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This is from a Steve Martin album. He suggested talking "wrong" around little kids who are learning to talk. He imagined that a kid would raise his hand in first grade and say,
"Excuse me, teacher, may I mambo dogface to the banana patch?"
- - - Looking around at Steve Martin CD's, they now list it as being on the album "Comedy Is Not Pretty", but I didn't have that one but had the "Wild And Crazy Guy" album years ago and I swear it appeared on that......
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Old 08-30-2003, 12:46 AM
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My favorite line from that sketch is the teacher's reply: "Give that kid a test and get him out of here." We use that one a [i]lot.
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Old 08-30-2003, 12:51 AM
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Webster's (and I's) disagrees with you.

fount
Pronunciation: 'faunt
Function: noun
Etymology: Middle English, from Middle French font, from Latin font-, fons
Date: 15th century
: FOUNTAIN, SOURCE
Font, in this case, means fount, but you still say "font" because the phrase is "font of knowledge." Call it idiomatic, perhaps.
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Old 08-30-2003, 02:45 AM
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- - - Looking around at Steve Martin CD's, they now list it as being on the album "Comedy Is Not Pretty", but I didn't have that one but had the "Wild And Crazy Guy" album years ago and I swear it appeared on that......
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You are correct - it is on Wild and Crazy Guy. I have that album.

Of course, it could also be on Comedy is Not Pretty...
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Old 08-30-2003, 03:01 AM
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Similarly, when my daughter was just learning to talk, my older brother ( the evil one) started teaching her to say: "Hey sailor, looking for a good time ?".

Luckily, he had to go back to Hawaii.
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