“Fee-fi-fo-fum” is the first line of a historical quatrain (or sometimes couplet) famous for its use in the classic English fairy tale Jack and the Beanstalk. The poem, as given in Joseph Jacobs’s 1890 rendition, is as follows:
I smell the blood of an Englishman,
Be he alive, or be he dead
I’ll grind his bones to make my bread.
The rhyme appears in Haue with You to Saffron-Walden published in 1596 and written by Thomas Nashe (who mentions that the rhyme was already old and its origins obscure):
Fy, Fa and fum,
I smell the bloud of an Englishman.
And in William Shakespeare’s play King Lear (c. 1605), the character of Edgar exclaims:
Fie, foh, and fum,
I smell the blood of a British man.
The 19th-Century Scottish author, Charles Mackay, proposed in The Gaelic Etymology of the Languages of Western Europe (1877) that the seemingly meaningless string of syllables “Fa fe fi fo fum” is actually a coherent phrase of ancient Gaelic, and that the complete quatrain covertly expressed the Celts’ cultural detestation of the invading Angles and Saxons:
Fa from faich (fa!) “behold!” or “see!”
Fe from Fiadh (fee-a) “food”;
Fi from fiú “good to eat”
Fo from fogh (fó) “sufficient” and
Fum from feum “hunger”.
Thus “Fa fe fi fo fum!” becomes “Behold food, good to eat, sufficient for my hunger!”
And those words kind of appeal to the Scots person who lingers within me!! 😀
As for my worn details, they are as follows:
MINA Hair – Anais (materials) … made by Mina Nakamura. I am wearing this hair in a tone from the Light Blond HUD. Available now at the current round of the Shiny Shabby event, which is open from August 20th until September 15th. NEW.
Meva Carnival earring left … made by Mea Carnell.
Purchased as part of a set at The Fantasy Gacha Carnival, which is open from August 12th through until September 12th. NEW.
The Fantasy Gacha Carnival
LeLutka.Mesh Head-LOTTE v1.1 … made by JadenArt Resident.
LeLutka Head (with eyes) ALPHA … made by Nyx Linden.
~*By Snow*~ Citadel Eyes (Chrome – Amber) … made by Snow Frostwych. Purchased in February 2014 at the FutureWave event. Now available on MarketPlace.
-Glam Affair – Artemis – Summer Girl – Jamaica C skin … made by aida Ewing.
Purchased as a Fifty Linden Friday item in July 2015.
Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara V3.4 … made by Onyx LeShelle.
Maitreya Mesh Body – Alpha … made by Onyx LeShelle.
StrawberrySingh.com – Indira Shape S Standard Size … made by Strawberry Singh. Modified a bit by me – the hands are now set at 10. Purchased on MarketPlace in July 2015. NEW.
+Half-Deer+ Flowerhead Goldfish – Blackmoor – Necklace … made by Halogen Magic. This was purchased as part of a Goldfish Fatpack at The Home Show event in April 2014. Now available on MarketPlace.
Flowerhead Goldfish [Fatpack]
Zaara : Morjim bikini top (maitreya) … made by Zaara Kohime.
This was gifted to me by a dear friend who was lucky enough to win two copies on the Zaara gacha machine at the June 2015 round of The Arcade Gacha.
Meva Carnival Upper Arm Cuff left … made by Mea Carnell.
Meva Carnival Upper Arm Cuff right … made by Mea Carnell.
Purchased as a set at The Fantasy Gacha Carnival, which is open from August 12th through until September 12th. NEW.
The Fantasy Gacha Carnival
Maitreya Mesh Body – Hand L V3.3 … made by Onyx LeShelle.
Maitreya Mesh Body – Hand R V3.3 … made by Onyx LeShelle.
[ Lucky #7 ] Post-Me: One in a million … made by Shortcake Sugarplum. Worn as an attachment to my Stomach. I purchased a complete set of Post-Me notes – which can either be rezzed or worn on your body – on Second Life MarketPlace.
Available here: Post Me Notes
erratic / daria – pants / black (maitreya) … made by Erratic Rain. Purchased at the current round of Uber, which is open from August 25th until September 23rd. NEW.
AZOURY – Extravagance Heels (Maitreya) – Black … made by Aniki Seetan. Available now at the current round of Collabor88, which is open until September 6th. NEW.
The props that I have used are:
AF Ralph’s Boat … made by Apple Fall (aka warehousefifteendesigns Resident).
I purchased this prop on MarketPlace in March 2015 for 125 lindens – it is Copy/Modify and in this incarnation I reduced its size a lot so that I could hold it in my outstretched right hand.
Serpent2 – Diesel Works … made by Rogan Diesel.
And lastly, the pose that I have used is Posies-PPF … made by Anatalia Honi.
I modified this pose using my Animare HUD so that my right arm was outstretched, rather than shielding my face. This pose was a hunt prize that I acquired way, way back in August 2010 and none of the Posies poses are available now.