Posted by Sharon M. on October 10, 2005
I am curious to know what is the meaning of the expression "fidget and twidget" in Shel Silverstein's "Obedient"? I understand what fidget means but am not able to discern the meaning of "twidget" alongside it. Might the author's choice of the word here is for intonation purposes or is there an expression of "fidget and twidget" in this combination?
The poetical excerpt in question:
Teacher said, "You don't obey.
You fidget and twidget
And won't sit down.
So go stand in the corner now
'Til I say you can turn around."