And Bingo was his name, O

I realized something- everyone assumes that the dog’s name is Bingo. It is just as likely that the farmer’s name is Bingo. Just check out the song:

I don’t once see evidence anywhere in the song that when using the pronoun “his” it is intended to refer to the dog. The farmer just was well may be male. Neither the farmer’s nor the dog’s gender is made clear by the song. Our canine friend could very well be a female named Suzy, and his owner is a farmer named Bingo.

I hope this met both criterion of this board being both mundane and pointless

At the school young George Orwell went to, the headmaster’s wife was nicknamed Bingo, so you just may be right.

Similarly, in Luke 19: 1-3:

“And behold, there was a man named Zacchaeus, which was the chief among the publicans, and he was rich. And he sought to see Jesus who he was; and could not for the press, for he was little of stature.”

This is usually interpreted as meaning that Zacchaeus was short–but the last “he” in the second sentence is ambiguous. Maybe Jesus was the short one, and thus couldn’t be seen over the heads of the crowd.

Another favorite of mine:

“Lips that touch liquor shall never touch mine.”

Damn right! They can go get their own liquor! :slight_smile: