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English citations of runcible

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  • 1871, Edward Lear, “Owl & Pussy-Cat” in Nonsense Songs:
    They dinèd on mince, and slices of quince,
    Which they ate with a runcible spoon;
  • 1872, Edward Lear, “Twenty-Six Nonsense Rhymes and Pictures” in More Nonsense, p 235:
    The Dolomphious Duck,
    who caught Spotted Frogs for her dinner
    with a Runcible Spoon. . . .
    The Rural Runcible Raven,
    who wore a White Wig and flew away
    with the Carpet Broom.
  • 1877, Edward Lear, “The Pobble Who Has no Toes” in Laughable Lyrics: A Fourth Book of Nonsense Poems, Songs, Botany, Music, etc., p 24:
    “He has gone to fish, for his Aunt Jobiska's
    Runcible Cat with crimson whiskers!”
  • 1888, Edward Lear, Nonsense Songs & Stories, 6th ed, p 8:
    His body is perfectly spherical,
    He weareth a runcible hat.
  • 1895, Edward Lear, Nonsense Songs & Stories, new ed:
    76: What a runcible goose you are!
    77: We shall presently all be dead, On this ancient runcible wall.
  • 1909, John Collis Snaith, “Araminta”, in The Forum, v 41, p 169:
    “Those Gainsborough frocks and those runcible hats are maddening.”
  • 1909, John Collis Snaith, Araminta, BiblioBazaar [2008], p 140:
    “It is an absolute aboriginal runcible hat. . . .
  • 1973, Thomas Pynchon, Gravity's Rainbow, Penguin Classics [1995], p 597:
    Presently, out of breath, they arrive at the pier where the Badass and its division, four haze-gray piglets, are tied up, to find the runcible spoon fight just under way at the center of a weaving, cheering crowd of civilian and military drunks.
  • 1985, Richard William Johnson, The Politics of Recession, Macmillan, p 184:
    [chapter title] Ireland and the Runcible Men
  • 1994, Marnie Parsons, in Touch Monkeys: Nonsense Strategies for Reading Twentieth-Century Poetry, University of Toronto Press:
    10: [chapter title] Runcible Relations: A Taxonomy of Nonsense Criticism and Theory
    16: Framing this discussion of runcible relations with madness and linguistic operations has a certain propriety, for much of the language theory employed in the later parts of this study uses madness as a means of explicating some of the ways language functions.