Really Awful Parakeets, Walking Catfish, and Twin Names


The pond is still attracting cats
When they’re not nesting like two birds
As pair o’ kits; but do note that’s
Not parakeets: quite different word.




Budgerigars are parakeets;
A fact till now I didn’t know
The budgies that each kitten greets
May give the flow with which they go?




A walking cat fish there you see,220px-Clarias_batrachus
But walking catfish we don’t get!
Though kittens fish most eagerly,
And do not mind when they get wet.

The twin kittens are named Amber and Pearl by the grandgirls, and our sibling (we think) Maltese rescues are Gemma and Nigel (yes, Gem ‘n’ Ni for The Twins).  That reminds me of ‘Naming Unexpected Twin’ jokes:

Pete and Re-pete

Kate and Dupli-kate or Repli-kate

Anne and Ann-other

Sam and Sam-more or Sam-one-else

You would also get Juan and Juan-more, or Juan and Two, or Juan and Juan Too (Juan being pronounced ‘Wan’.

Similarly, as an English/Afrikaans joke you could get Ian and Twee (een, twee = one, two) or Ian and Nog-een (another one) or Ian and Een-meer (one more).

Can you think of others?

© August 2016 Colonialist (WordPress)

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24 Responses to Really Awful Parakeets, Walking Catfish, and Twin Names

  1. GP Cox says:

    We used to have bounties on walking catfish around here – they were everywhere!


  2. That catfish reminds me of cockroaches. Glad I don’t eat fish any more.


  3. Stephanie Haahjem says:

    Kat and Copy-Kat.


  4. I’ve got into the habit of reading your verses aloud and found myself saying; not what you wrote: :A fact till now I didn’t know”, but this “A fact till now I did not know” as it seems to have a nicer sound to it.
    Similarly with the ‘But walking catfish we don’t get!’ — we do not get.


  5. calmgrove says:

    Dai is pronounced exactly like ‘two’ in Welsh, so you could have Ian (English pronunciation, not Welsh) and Dai as male twins I suppose.


  6. gipsika says:

    🙂 Cute! I love the markings on the one that is creeping up on the pond.

    Pls check your email – I suspect my mails are going into the junk again 🙂


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