Last word on ending a sentence with a preopsition by Morris Bishop

I searched for threads on this subject and there were too many to sort through finding out if this had been posted before.

I just came across this gem by Morris Bishop, and for those unfamiliar with it, here it is for your enjoyment:

I lost a naughty preposition,
He lived, I think, beneath my chair.
I cried aloud to him, Perdition!
Come on up out from down under there."

Now, language is my vade mecum,
And straggling phrases I abhor,
And yet I wonder, what should he come
On up out from down under for?

Oooh, did you hear that thud? That was Mrs. Brand stroking out.


Heh heh heh.

It’s a nice line, but are all those words being used as prepositions?

What’s a preopsition?

Not sure about preopsition, but a preposition is a word you shouldn’t end a sentence with.

Everyone has probably heard this one, but what the hell, it’s fun.

A country boy applies to Harvard and gets in. On his first day there, he gets disoriented and asks a student, “Excuse me, could you tell me where the library’s at?” The student gets rather huffy and condescendingly says, “Sir, here at Harvard we do not end a sentence with a preposition!”

So the country boy responds,

“Oh, I’m so sorry! Where’s the library at, asshole?”

And something up with which I will not put.

In our childhood my brother was quite the grammar Nazi.

Once, at dinner he asked for “a fork to eat his crab with”.

I asked him what “crab with” was.

To this day he has never lived this down. It even came up during at the last Thanksgiving get together.

I laughed.