Which is funnier: "mustard and cheese" or "cheese and mustard"?
As we told literary scalawag Johnathan Caws-Elwitt
, we'd go with "Mustard and Cheese" over "Cheese and Mustard." To our ear and imagination, the two syllables of mustard at the end are like two legs to stand on -- there's stability there. We see a cube of cheese sitting atop a wide jar of mustard -- it's a firm situation, like a food pyramid. But the two syllables of mustard atop a single-syllabled cheese cube -- it's teetering before we can even type it out! The pyramid is upside down. It might even be spinning on its tip as it teeters. To those who would imagine cheese slices
securely bonded with mustard mortar, we can say but this: "If only you could see what we see." Mustard & Cheese: the Morecambe & Wise of the deli.
Our image is from Lehigh's 1916 yearbook.