The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #91381   Message #1738495
Posted By: GUEST,JTT
11-May-06 - 07:58 PM
Thread Name: Origins: Crazy Man Michael (Richard Thompson)
Subject: RE: Crazy Man Michael Misheard lyric?
I have to say I'd agree with those who say "go with what the writer wrote".

A piseóg/pisreóg really has more the cadence of "an idiotic superstition" in normal usage. People tend to say dismissively of something like ... oh ... saying "God bless it" automatically after someone says "What a beautiful day", that it's "a bit of a piseóg". The sense is that it is a superstition, or a belief coming from ancient misunderstandings.

Still, I like the idea (if it's not happening to me, of course) of his mad mind attacking him with a thistle. Way hey!