Tuesday, August 15, 2006


HEIGH-HO, int. This word is supposed to denote a certain degree of languor, mingled with regret. It is frequently seen in literature but never heard in life. By some it is supposed to stand for a yawn, by some, for a sigh. The poets use it variously, Joaquin Miller as a war-whoop, Adair Welcker with good effect as the love-plaint of the night-blooming tomcat.

2006 Update: The work song of a dwarf and lunch whistle to the giant.

August 15, 2006 Update: Heigh-Ho and Happy Independence Day to all billion desis. It just occured to me that the chances of Blogger staying up while the subcontinent celebrates are about nil so this may be farewell until tomorrow.


Minka said...

and a bottle of rum!

Minka said...

“Heigh ho! sing, heigh ho! unto the green holly:
Most friendship is feigning, most loving mere folly:
Then heigh ho, the holly!
This life is most jolly.”

nobody else but Mr.Shakespeare wrote that!

Indeterminacy said...

Doug, you're definition fits heigh-ho perfectly. I won't even try anything new.

Miz BoheMia said...

Heigh HO! Git yo hands of ma man! S**et! Das jus plain wrong! Fo reals!

Sar said...

Heigh-Ho The Blogpshere-O
the Belle hosts The Brawl

Sar must have coffee and rid herself of this 3rd person referencing affliction.

puppybrose said...

Heigh-Ho: tall hooker? [variation, Heigh-dee-ho!(Mr. Hanky); Heigh-diddly-ho (Ned Flanders)]

yes. apparently it *is* going to be one of those days. will coffee help? only time will tell...

Anonymous said...

Heigh-Ho...isn't that the new urban greeting from young men to their girlfriends?

heigh-hoing off to work I go (sadly...there aren't any diamonds...sigh there is the dwarf Twitty though)

Joel said...

Nice one Puppytoes...tall hooker...inspired if I do say so.

Heigh-ho, heigh-ho it's home from work we go (not soon enough, I might add).

Minka said...

Joel, you are inspired by Puppytoes?
That´s a new one :)

Joel said...

Heigh-ho:The "Tofu" word. Derives meaning (flavor) and intent from the attitude and tone surrounding its expression.

Joel said...

Heigh-ho Minka...pretty early in the morning for such sarcasm, I must say!! :-) Although it's all true...not ashamed to say.

Minka said...

Joel, It is 1 in the afternoon here in Iceland. I have always been ahead of time;)

Sar said...

Puppytoes, I always blame the need for coffee. Now, can you imagine the power we'd harness over a shared cup of coffee? Cheers!

brian said...

Heigh ho, heigh ho
in Columbia does coffee grow
they ship it here
and grind it up
then sell it
at prices dear
Heigh ho, heigh ho
at least it's not snow
for if it was
a bigger buzz
my blogger friends
would have.

Joel said...

Minka...unfair advantage?

G said...

Heigh ho! You know the rest.

ariel said...

Joel. life is not fair, why would Sun be? but at least you can always feel younger. :)

*from the 6 six hours' advantage area*

karma said...

this is highly disrespectful. you shouldn't address a hooker with, "hey, ho!"

and, no connection to the above observation but ... today we enter our 60th year of Independence ...

dzsieex: dizzy from being internet-savvy ... eeks!

puppybrose said...

heigh-ho: hooker with a hookah?

and on a totally unrelated note, Happy Independence Day, Karma!

maykss: i may kiss joel for the nice compliment!

Doug said...

Minka, that is a ways off from but soft, what light through yonder window breaks.

Indie, just how I make little'uns out of big'uns.

Hermana, I should have seen that one coming but I didn't.

Sar, Bob Dole likes your style.

Haha, Puppybrose. I don't mind days like this and who better to quote than Flanders and Mr. Hanky.

Jenna, Twitty, Dingy, Surly, Lecherous, Cantankerous, clumsy and Old? Remember your rouge.

Night shift, Joel?

Minka, I was taken entirely by surprise as well.

Joel, the hour notwithstanding, did you think you were at St. Jude's?

Minka, du bist sehr Deutsch für eine Eisländerin.

Sar, that sounds like the devil's own bathroom line.

Brian, you're off your normal rhyme scheme a little but that's funny.

Joel, unfair? War is hell, son. Hell.

G, it has a familiar ring, I'll admit.

Clever, Ariel, old gal.

Happy 60th Birthday to Midnight's Children and a glorious day to you, Ms. Karma.

Careful, Puppybrose. You remember what happened the last time you did that, don't you?

Miz BoheMia said...

Ha, ha, ha, haaaa! Loved the last comment to Snuppy though I may SO be missing what it means but I have my own guess and it surely is entertaining me! Ha, ha, ha, haaa!

What can I say? Bohemians are easygoing like that!


tmxasb~ Tom exacerbates me!

Well, off I go and all that!

O Ceallaigh said...

HEIGH HO, interj. Mispronunciation of I OWE, which is why those dwarves (c'mon, you've all read Tolkien) really went to work. And you thought that they didn't have credit cards in the days of the Brothers Grimm. Silly you.


O Ceallaigh said...

And sorry, but I can't help wondering what would happen if all the good citizens of the Indian subcontinent were to cease and desis?


puppybrose said...

O'C: methinks your definition has a familiar "ring" to it!

"Frito rolled his eyes heavenward. It was going to be a long epic." ~Bored of the Rings

Jamie Dawn said...

It feels good to be back in the Kingdom of Blog where little men sing "Heigh Ho" and Puppybrose makes Jamie Dawn laugh aloud with her "tall hooker" definition. LOVED it!!
I hope your travels have been enjoyable, Doug. Did you see any heigh hos? Me either.
I have missed much, but my time was not spent in idleness. It was spent indulging in the sin of gluttony at every possible chance I could find. There was much traveling and frivolity. I will have a new post on Wed.

Heigh Ho, Heigh Ho
It's off to lurk I go.
From blog to blog
I plan to jog
Heigh Ho, Heigh Ho!!

And the JD Dwarf always leaves a comment!!

Happy Day to you!

Doug said...

O Ceallaigh, you're in a punny mood today. I have a high tolerance for Amoebic Dissentery.

Puppybrose, is Bored of The Rings your invention? Peter Jackson got pretty close at the end of Reutrn of The King.

JD!!!!!!!!!! Glad to see you back and well-fed.

brian said...

Well Doug, I was inspired by the imbibing habits of so many lurkers to try my hand at songwriting. Catchy little tune, don't ya' think?

Yeah Karma. Happy 60th.

cooper said...

Heigh Ho: humm

The beginning of the song the dwarfs used to sing when going off to work in the Disney film "Snow Whtie and the Seven Dwarfs".

G said...

Did she end up in a motel?

mireille said...

The elongated hooker seems to have been done. So to speak. Dictionary cites heigh ho as an interjection used to express boredom, sadness or weariness. Wonder in which language. Not be confused with the call to the hunt, tally ho. xoxo

Logophile said...

Personally I prefer
Hey Nonny Nonny,
either in it's "All's Well That Ends Well" form or from the Violent Femmes.

hey nonny nonny oh hey nonny nonny

Tom & Icy said...

High-ho's, King Dong's, Twinkie's! Human treats.

The Village Idiot said...

The High brow spelling of the commonly heard shout on Hollywood Boulevard

Hey, HO!

Tan Lucy Pez said...

What could I say that hasn't already been said? Can't think of a thing.

Encouragement or exultation might help me think though.

G said...

All hail TLP**bows deeply**

Hey, don't you all know not to say something until TLP has?! Please give it a try TLP, please do.

Okay, TLP, the path is clear. Well, it's just that Doug wasn't here and I thought, well perhaps she can't wait for his encouragment nor should she have to, not to mention that 4:00 lull that takes over my brain...

tsduff said...

Hidey hose is what I do when my company comes over and I have left my nylons on the floor...

ariel said...

really, TLP, these guys cannot behave! please forgive them, they don't know what they are doing! plesase speak the words of wisdom!

Doug said...

Brian, I still need coffee.

Cooper was that "Snow Whitie?"

G, all 8 rooms.

Mireille, my little semi-Beagle hears Tally-Ho every morning around 2:30 lately.

Logo, Shakespeare and The Violent Femmes are tough to choose among.

True, Icy, unless one drops.

VI, that didn't add much, but it's a tough word I'll grant.

Heigh Ho, the TLP-oh! (that help?)

Thanks for covering for me, G.

Hahaha, Terry. Thanks for finding something new.

Doug said...

Ariel, she'd only be casting pearls before swine.

G said...


mireille said...

Go Lucy. Go Lucy. Go Lucy ♥ xoxo

actonbell said...

(Icy, that's ho-hos, not heigh-hos. Don't confuse me)

I can't hear heigh-ho without hearing those dwarves. It sounds a bit like heave-ho, except a WEE bit more uplifting.

(btw, if you enlarge 3D's photo, I'm the one wearing the toe ring.)

a4g said...

Heigh-Ho, int. That which connects the Lone Ranger to Ed McMahon, forming for television programming what statisticians call a trend line. According to predictions, the term should be used on Flavor Of Love II the week of September 9, 2006.

shayna said...

Oh Mary, Cindy...
Listen, isn't that Diane?
Hey Mary, Cindy...
It is Diane.
Where are you, where are you?
Over here.
Over here, in the magic kingdom.
Come on, come on in.
Yeah, let's go to the magic kingdom.
Right through here.

Heigh ho, heigh ho
To have some fun we go
We'll keep on singing all day long
Heigh ho, heigh ho

Heigh ho, heigh ho, heigh ho
For if you're feeling low
You positively can't go wrong
With a heigh, heigh ho

We dig dig dig dig dig dig dig in our mine the whole day through
To dig dig dig dig dig dig dig is what we like to do
And while we dig we always sing
And when we dig there ain't a better thing
Than a tune, than a tune, you can whistle or can croon

So we dig dig dig dig dig dig dig in our mine the whole day through
To dig dig dig dig dig dig dig until it's time to quit
And then we warble down the scale
As we go marching down the trail
Right along, right along
To the rhythm of this song

Here we are!
Wow, here we are in the magic kingdom

Heigh ho, heigh ho
To make your troubles go
Just keep on singing
All day long, heigh ho

Heigh ho, heigh ho, heigh ho
For if you're feeling low
You positively can't go wrong
With a heigh ho, heigh ho

Heigh ho, heigh ho
To make your troubles go
Just keep on singing
All day long, heigh ho

Heigh ho, heigh ho, heigh ho
To keep from feeling low
You positively can't go wrong
With a heigh ho, heigh ho

Heigh ho, heigh ho
To make your troubles go
Just keep on singing
All day long, heigh ho

Heigh ho, heigh ho, heigh ho
To keep from feeling low
You positively can't go wrong
With a heigh ho, heigh ho

shayna said...

The Supremes version... btw... :)

Omnipotent Poobah said...

I thought that was what Ed McMahon used to say when Johnny Carson got off a good joke.

Or it could be "hey ho" which is something you might scream at a prostitu...Nevermind, I won't go there.

puppybrose said...

okay, i didn't want to do this, but since we're sharing...

A Frog He Would A-wooing Go

A frog he would a-wooing go,
Heigh ho! says Rowley,
A frog he would a-wooing go,
Whether his mother would let him or no.
With a Rowley,
powley, gammon, and spinach,
Heigh ho! says Anthony Rowley.

So off he set with his opera hat,
Heigh ho! says Rowley,
So off he set with his opera hat,
And on the road he met with a rat,
With a Rowley,
powley, gammon, and spinach,
Heigh ho! says Anthony Rowley.

*heigh ho ho ho -- 8 more verses of powley gamon and spinach blah blah blahs ***

So there was the end of one, two, three,
Heigh ho! says Rowley.
The rat,
the mouse, and the little froggy.
With a Rowley,
powley, gammon, and spinach,
Heigh ho! says Anthony Rowley.

~ Sixteenth Scottish Poetry... apparently the American version of this poem was recorded in a song by Elvis and, believe it or not, Bob Dylan

Heigh Ho...Heigh Ho, it's off to bed i go!

Minka said...

After all that music and singing the dwarves got jealous. One threatened to change sides and help the bad mother-in-law...so just to keep them happy....

"We dig dig dig dig dig dig dig in our mine the whole day through
To dig dig dig dig dig dig dig is what we really like to do
It ain't no trick to get rich quick
If you dig dig dig with a shovel or a pick
In a mine! In a mine! In a mine! In a mine!
Where a million diamonds shine!"

Now wasn't that fun...on Wednesday morning? Somebody has to attend to this blog...

Doug said...

G, guilty.

Very encouraging, Mireille. Didn't seem to work but thanks.

Actonbell, my record isn't that good is it?

a4g, that's the kind of long-term thinking hollywood is famous for.

Big fun, Shayna. Thanks!

Poobah, if you'd gone there you would have been twelfth or so.

Interesting, Puppybrose. A precursor to Froggy went a-courtin'?

Thanks, Minka. The blog was in good hands while I slept.