It is reported that waiters in the Palace of Westminster have been spotted calling a traditional English pudding Spotted Richard in place of the more usual abbreviated name.
Some people think it only right.
That we all strive to be polite,
In everything we say and do,
And that includes our word choice too.
We should be specially alert,
When we are thinking of dessert,
And we must really take great care,
When ordering this type of fare.
We all know it’s called Spotted Dick,
But best to say it rather quick,
And in a breath as low as poss,
As long as there’s no hearing loss.
The waiter, then, won’t be perturbed,
On hearing this tiny word,
Although to call it Richard might,
Just help him further in his plight.
And I’ve just one thing more to say,
As you read all this guff today;
Please do not be a lunatic,
And please still call it ‘Spotted Dick’.
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