A few days ago I wrote an entry on the Kaluli of New Guinea, ending it by saying I had ordered a copy of the Smithsonian’s Bosavi set of CDs. Well, today it came; ordinarily I would mention that fact, if at all, as an addendum to the previous entry, but in the course of listening to the first CD (of guitar-band music) I realized I was going to have to give it its own post, because one of the songs (#10; there’s a RealAudio clip at the Bosavi link) is about the first Bosavi dictionary! How could I not blog a song whose lyrics are:
long ago, in the past
Bosavi had no dictionary
having just made it Steve and Bambi have brought it here
for that reason
all of us are happy with Steve and Bambi
I’ll bet Liddell and Scott never had a guitar-band song written in their honor!
However (I learn through the miracle of Google), it turns out they did have a Thomas Hardy poem written in their honor. It’s doggerel (“I’ve often, I own,/ Belched many a moan/ At undertaking it,/ And dreamt of forsaking it”), but it is by Hardy. I’m afraid to find out what may have been written for Noah Webster.