Wackorism: She sells seashells … on sea-bay!
Aphorism: She sells seashells … on the seashore.
Origin: This alliterative rhyme was written in 1908 by Terry Sullivan, and the complete verse is as follows:
She sells seashells on the seashore
The shells she sells are seashells, I’m sure
So if she sells seashells on the seashore
Then I’m sure she sells seashore seashells
Meaning: This simple tongue-twister has a surprising history! It refers to a woman named Mary Anning, who discovered fossilized remains near her home in Lyme Regis, England when she was 12 years old. She went on to become the first woman paleontologist, but was barely recognized as such in her lifetime (1799-1847). Her family was poor, so she sold fossils (“seashells”) in order to live.
Learn more about Mary Anning at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mary_Anning