Subject: abbots, Babbitts, and Cabots
A patron of the web emailed me, asking if I knew of the significance of the phrase "abbots, Babbitts, and Cabots" in "Let's Pretend We're Bunny Rabbits."
Here is part of my response:
Here are my thoughts on his choice of words:
1) They rhyme (Babbitts - kinda, sorta)
2) Their initials are A, B, C, so they make a nice alphabetical progression
3) He's simply saying "anyone and everyone"...kind of like using the phrase "Every Tom, Dick, and Harry."
I had to look up "abbot" in the dictionary, and an abbot is the head of a monastery.
What do you think? Does anyone have any more thoughts on the subject?
"Groovy." - Ash
Subject: Re: abbots, Babbitts, and Cabots
Date: Thu, 24 Feb 2000
> A patron of the web emailed me, asking if I knew of the significance of the
> phrase "abbots, Babbitts, and Cabots" in "Let's Pretend We're Bunny Rabbits."
I should be working on a paper, but:
Abbot, Charles Greeley. 1872-1973. American astrophysicist noted for his pioneering study of solar radiation.
-- I suppose he'd know quite a bit about Mother Nature, but I'd go with the head of a monastery for "abbot"
Babbitt - A member of the middle class whose attachment to business and social ideals is such as to make that person a model of narrow-mindedness and self-satisfaction. (American Heritage Dictionary)
--dead on, I'd say. It's from the Sinclair Lewis novel of the same name.
Cabot? Probably not the 15th-century explorers. The name's very, very familiar, but if I break out the reference books right now I won't have a snowball's chance of finishing this paper by 8am. A-ha! Wait! The Cabots were mapmakers! Works for me.