He thrusts his fists against the post and still insists he sees a ghost
He thrusts his fists against the post and still insists he sees a ghost

from Beastie Boys – Dropping Names Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

In the 1942 science fiction novel, Donovan’s Brain* by Curt Siodmak, a disembodied brain in a vat gains telepathic powers and tries to control the world; the victim uses the tongue twister to block the brain’s commands.

Amidst the mists and coldest frosts,
With stoutest wrists and loudest boasts,
he thrusts his fists against the posts
and still insists he sees the ghosts.

Speech/Language Pathologists (SLP’s) utilize this tongue twister rhyme in therapy to correct lisps and stuttering problems. It’s slow and deliberate repetition requires corrective alignment of the mouth, tongue, and lips. As the stutterer practices to articulate properly, confidence builds and the impediment diminishes. Stephen King pays homage to Donovan in his 1986 horror novel, It, with “Stuttering Bill” Denbrough using the rhyme for his stuttering.
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