Elmer J. Fudd was the archenemy of Bugs Bunny, but he also hunted ducks from time to time. His name came up at the breakfast table this morning. Ducks are swimming in our pool during off-season, and my husband and I jokingly wondered what Elmer Fudd would do. He’s a villain like Yosemite Sam, but Elmer is too dopey to do Bugs much harm.
Elmer speaks in a pattern called rhotacism, replacing his Rs and Ls with Ws. Watch the road becomes “Watch da Woad, Wabbit.” “Be vewy, vewy quiet, I’m hunting wabbits.” He also had a trademark gloat of huh, uh, uh. I like the cartoon titles of Rabbit Seasoning and What’s Opera, Doc?