To call things cardboard is disdained
By businesses who use it,
Preferring, it must be explained
(So as not to abuse it),
That proper names should be retained
Used by those who produce it,
And you will earn expressions pained
If ever you refuse it.

 Though paper is the name for bags;
The brown type or whatever;
It’s paperboard you put round fags,
Should you wish to be clever;
While fibreboard gives other tags
The cardboard one to sever,
With ‘corrugated’ (zigs and zags) –
So call it ‘cardboard’ never!

 On playing cards, you’ll find it’s jarred
For cardboard to be quoted,
As such name is completely barred –
For ‘card stock’ they have voted!
(Card-bored-to tears, it wasn’t hard
To make you, so I’ve noted;
I’d rather be ‘a proper card!’
Than be as ‘on bored’ floated!)


(The side view theme for the weekend.)
© August 2010 Colonialist (Letterdash/WordPress)

About colonialist

Active septic geranium who plays with words writing fantasy novels and professionally editing, with notes writing classical music, and with riding a mountain bike, horses and dinghies. Recently Indie Publishing has been added to this list.
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  1. Great 😀 A classically Colonialist take on cardboard….


  2. Cindy says:

    Hehe, very entertaining 🙂


  3. granny1947 says:

    Love it Col…cardboard will never be the same to me again!


  4. adeeyoyo says:

    Haha, very clever, Col. 🙂


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