I was talking to @conorlenahan about this earlier, but this thought has been bumbling in my head for the past few weeks.
Upon on the housetop, reindeer pause
Up on the housetop, reindeer paws
Up on the housetop rain deer paws
It’s undeniably a pre-search engine sort of question, since the obvious solution is just to get the text of the lyrics, but I think it’s more fun to ponder the ambiguity.
It’s also not a question for biologists or people who care about physical fact / nouns: deer have hooves.
It’s not a question if you don’t pronounce the ‘au’ in ‘pause’ longer, ordinarily, than the ‘aw’ in ‘paws’. For you, this is indistinguishable, and nothing that is more confusing because the rhythm of song obscures vowel length. (or does it?)
No — it’s a question only for Lu.
Oh, in other news: I’m going on a trip, and intend to foursquare obnoxiously. They should be showing up @luzeng because the Connect to Facebook feature is broken (for me), though, so far, I’ve checked in to Tweed New Haven Airport (which is to say, a high school + soccer field), and it hasn’t showed up. We’ll see.
Update: pretty sure the Twitter thing isn’t working. Don’t worry, I’m doing fine.