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Rhymes with Popocateptl


Speaking of erupting volcanos with tricky names….I met up with a fellow Mexico tour member recently and was impressed by her effortlessly rolling the name of Popocateptl off her tongue. She divulged that she had, in fact, been fascinated by the word since her middle years at primary school: “about the same time that I learned how to spell ornithorhynchus”She said a friend, a former librarian,  remembers learning the following verse at school at a similar time which could provide a clue to the fascination. She shares the verse here (although I’d be a bit worried about settling on Mt Popocatepetl!)

My child, should you decide to go
and make your home in Mexico
the proper place for you to settle
is on Mt Popocatepetl

it’s slopes are green, it’s crest is white
it’s 18,000 feet in height
the air will keep you in good mettle
on top of Popocatepetl


Author: technanna

I grew up in western Queensland, worked as a newspaper and television journalist, public relations and public affairs officer and freelance correspondent in Australia, the UK, Japan and Saudi Arabia. I have three grown children and two grandchildren. I am retired, but work to keep the brain and body fit, and to stay marginally in touch in our ever-changing technological environment.

2 thoughts on “Rhymes with Popocateptl

  1. Thats a tongue twister

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