I think it was a comeback in case someone called you a “nerd.” What I need to know is this: is this just something the neighborhood kids thought up, or was this something everyone kind of knew?
For some reason, as part of a fuzzy memory, I think of Potsie and an episode of Happy Days in which his feelings got hurt.
The rhyme went like this:
A nerd’s a dren,
a dren’s a drip,
a drip’s a drop,
a drop’s water
Thanks for the nice compliment.
Ever heard of it? (Yeah … I didn’t think so.)
I mean, on the face of it, the logic is totally ludicrous. A nerd, I guess, can be a “dren,” though according to the Urban Dictionary, it can be much worse. But even if that is so, going from a “dren” to a “drip” takes a bit of a jump.
Unless, of course, by “drip” you’re referring to someone who is like a nerd or a drag on a good time (“That person is such a drip…”). But if you mean “drip” in that case, the jump from there to an actual “drop” of water … which is kind of like jumping two forms of matter and, as any molecular scientist knows, that’s totally ludicrous.
I guess it just goes to prove that the 1970s were not the grand days of the retort. If it wasn’t for “Sit on it,” I doubt any of us would have survived.