But Liquor Is Quicker.
Tropes in Ogden Nash's work:
- Analogy Backfire: The poem "The Romantic Age", about a lovestruck teenage girl who:
- Presses lips and tosses head,Declares she's not too young to wed.Informs you pertly you forgetDo not argue, do not shout;Remind her how that one turned out.
- Asshole Victim: In the first verse "Polterguest, my Polterguest", the narrator claims such exasperation as to tempt him to throw the bitch under a train. In the last verse, we learn that he has already tried, unsuccessfully, to drown her.
- Double Subverted with Pinball Pete in A Tale of the Thirteenth Floor:"...I turned the heat upon Pinball Pete
"You see, I had a daughter, too."
- Double Subverted with Pinball Pete in A Tale of the Thirteenth Floor:
- But Liquor Is Quicker: "Reflections on Ice-Breaking" is the Trope Namer.
- Ceiling Banger:
- We might love the people upstairs wonderousIf, instead of above us, they lived just underus.
- Least Rhymable Word:
- There are no rhymes for orange or silver,Unless liberties you pilfer.
- Little Did I Know: "Don't Guess, Let Me Tell You".
- Missing Floor: "A Tale of the Thirteenth Floor".
- Painful Rhyme: Though done deliberately, and often lampshaded by changes in the spelling.
- Romantic Hyperbole:
- More than a catbird hates a cat,Or a criminal hates a clue,Or the Axis hates the United States,That's how much I love you....
- Spotlight-Stealing Title:
- "The Self-Effacement of Electra Thorne":As for egocentricity, good heavens!What's egocentric about wanting the marquee to read
- ELECTRA THORNEINOPHELIA AND HAMLETWITHMAURICE EVANS?
- Stuffy Old Songs About the Buttocks: "The Clean Platter"
- Some singers sing of ladies' eyesAnd some of ladies' lips,Refined ones praise their ladylike ways,And coarse ones hymn their hips.
- Termite Trouble/Floorboard Failure: "The Termite"
- Some primal termite knocked on woodTasted it, and found it goodAnd that is why your Cousin MayFell through the parlor floor today.
- The So-Called Coward: "Custard the Dragon" is about a woman named Belinda who lived with a kitten, a mouse, a dog, and a dragon. Counter-intuitively, the kitten, mouse, and dog were all described as being very brave, while the dragon was a coward. However, when a pirate broke into the house and threatened Belinda, the three supposedly 'brave' animals ran and hid, and Custard stood his ground, fought the pirate, and ate him.
- The Thing That Would Not Leave: "Polterguest, My Polterguest".
- The Wendigo, the WendigoI saw it just a friend agoLast night it lurked in CanadaTonight on your veranda!