• bob’s tail •

This, ‘fake news’, has got to stop.
Okay, people, listen up:
It’s, “Bells on Bob’s tail ring,”
not, “Bells on Bobtail ring,”
not, “bobtails ring,”
nor, “bobbed tail ring.”
And most definitely not,
“Belson Bobtellering,”
or any other thing.

Bob is the horse.
He pulls the sleigh.
Bob has a tail.
That tail has bells on,
which is attached
to the aforementioned Bob, okay?
Those bells, Bob’s bells,
yes, those very, ‘jingle bells’:
It is they that ring.
So please, bear that in mind,
should you go, a’caroling.
~ Tim Burchfield
12/22/16

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One thought on “• bob’s tail •

  1. To be fair, on the other side of the argument, this evidence suggests something equally credible, and yet, completely different (from the web page, Mental Floss):
    1. “Bells on bobtail,” from “Jingle Bells.” This is sometimes misheard as “Bells on Bob’s tail” or “Bells on Bobtail,” as if Bob or Bobtail is the name of the horse. But bobtail actually refers to the style of the horse’s tails – a tail cut short or a tail gathered up and tied in a knot, which you sometimes see in dressage events these days. – See more at: http://m.mentalfloss.com/article.php?id=26586#sthash.5sWSdxYW.dpuf

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