Posted by R. Berg on July 06, 2001
In Reply to: Grinn + Barret and other funny intersections posted by M.Mazzucco on July 06, 2001
: An AP article today (on AOL) talks about a list of the funniest intersections in America, one of which is supposed to be Grinn + Barret (... "Not likely at the intersections of Grinn and Barret drives in West Chester, Ohio;..."). I can't find either word in the dictionary, can someone help me with the pun?
: Also, I did get the one of Antonio Parkway crossing Avenue de las Banderas, but what about Ho + Hum? And Dickory + Dock?
"Grin and bear it" is a cliché that means "Tolerate misfortune stoically." "Ho-hum" is an expression of boredom--possibly onomapoeic, based on yawning. The third one alludes to nonsense words in a nursery rhyme from the Mother Goose collection, "Hickory dickory dock, the mouse ran up the clock . . ."