The Obama team has been working closely with Riyadh to try to put the Yemeni humpty-dumpty back together.
Never had the birds in the forest told such tales as humpty-dumpty who fell down stairs, and yet married a princess.
humpty-dumpty, short and thick; all of a heap; all together, like an egg.
But humpty-dumpty only shut his eyes and said: ‘Wait till you’ve tried.
“Yes, all his horses and all his men,” humpty-dumpty went on.
humpty-dumpty's theory, of two meanings packed into one word like a portmanteau, seems to me the right explanation for all.
"humpty-dumpty," cried others; and there was a famous uproar.
Then the old man told them the story of humpty-dumpty;—how he fell downstairs and was raised up again, and married a princess.
The second energy law was taught to us in our infancy by the parable of humpty-dumpty.
"I had intended to introduce a love-interest," the author of humpty-dumpty explained.
from French nursery rhyme hero (the rhyme first attested in English 1810), earlier "a short, clumsy person of either sex" (1785), probably a reduplication of Humpty, a pet form of Humphrey. Originally, humpty-dumpty was a drink (1690s), "ale boiled with brandy," probably from hump and dump, but the connection is obscure and there might not be one.
'It's very provoking,' Humpty Dumpty said, ... 'to be called an egg -- very!' ["Through the Looking-Glass," 1872]
A nursery rhyme:
Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall;
Humpty Dumpty had a great fall.
All the king's horses and all the king's men
Couldn't put Humpty together again.