"In 2013, when an OED staff member sought to look at the source material for the dictionary's entry for ‘revirginize,’ for which a passage from Meanderings of Memory [by ‘Nightlark’] is quoted, the publication could not be located." -- Wikipedia entry.
O Nightlark! How our memory meanders,
Mawkishly bewilders us, meanders
Across the literary landscape like the ganders
Of Mother Goose whose doughty definitions
Enter O. E. D. with odd renditions --
O Nightlark, how your memory meanders
From source to source across the generations.
What source, if any, caused these generations
Across our literary landscape? Ganders!
Cullings! Frantic pedants made to pore
Through nonexistent tomes, forced to pour
Kegs of sweat while memory meanders
Hither, thither, yon...were these words born
From nowhere...or perhaps a book of porn?
Across the bookish landscape, like her ganders
Chasing Mother Goose, we sweat; our pants
Bellow from our collars to our pants --
O Nightlark, how our memory meanders
Across the years like literary ganders!
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