I‘m afraid, for this bit of fun, the reader has to know something about Charles Wesley, the English hymnwriter of the 19th century, and in particular his love for – and his extraordinary skill in using – the English language. In his well-loved hymn, ‘O thou who camest from above’ he uses the word ‘inextinguishable’. At first sight it looks unsingable. Then you find that, with absolutely no effort, you’ve just sung it. Wonderful.
Mr Wesley, of hymnnody, King, Once did a remarkable thing; 'Inextinguishable' Is six syllablesful Yet it's awfully easy to sing.
And, in passing:
Charles Wesley liked to use the pun But most of all the metaphor; And managing the two in one I’m sure he felt much better for.
words ©paul wigmore 2013