What a queer bird

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What a queer bird is a poem, possibly from the nineteenth century or before. However, it first can be found in print in 1922, rapidly disseminating across dozens of publications in the United States that year. Its origin is still unclear.

The words are as follows:

What a queer bird, the frog are
When he sit he stand (almost)
When he walk he fly (almost)
When he talk he cry (almost)
He ain't got no sense, hardly
He ain't got no tail, neither, hardly
He sit on what he ain't got hardly

It is more likely an old folk poem or song, even sung as a round.[1] [2]

For one older version, see a reference to it as an old poem.[3]

It appeared in the "Pleasantries" section of Christian Register in 1922, attributed to "a foreigner in a Chicago night school."[4] It also appeared in the American Consular Bulletin in 1922 with no attribution.[5]

An alternate version substitutes the word "wonderful" for "queer," and is attributed in multiple United States publications to "a young Norwegian in Chicago," allegedly printed in the Bulletin of the Chicago Board of Education.[6] [7]

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