You Say Badger, Others Say Jasper

In time, we will get to the subject of dogs in this post, but we start with George and Ira Gershwin. The music-writing brothers predate even us, but their music lives on among people who appreciate well written music. On paper (or on-line), the lyrics to “Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off” seem, “meh:”

You say eether and I say eyether
You say neether and I say nyther
Eether, eyether, neether, nyther
Let’s call the whole thing off!

When Fred and Ginger sing it, well, it’s a bit different:

We like to throw in a little off-topic trivia when getting to our actual topic, which in this case is different terms used for the same thing. The fabulous Great Pyrenees has a primarily white coat, but it can contain markings of a different color that in the United States are called badger (a gray, or varying shades of tan). In other parts of the world, these patches are referred to as “jasper.”  We say badger, they say jasper (let’s call the whole thing off).

Image: “On Guard” by Lilli Pell is available is assorted print formats here.

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