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What does "Hasenpfeffer Incorporated" mean in the Laverne & Shirley theme song?

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At the start of each episode, Laverne and Shirley skip down the street, arm in arm, saying: "1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 Schlemiel! Schlemazel! Hasenpfeffer Incorporated."

I understand what schlemiel and schlemazel mean, but what is the Hasenpfeffer Incorporated referring to?
asked Aug 14, 2015 in Movies/TV by AndreaM (20,510 points)
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The whole thing is an old Yiddish-American children's hopscotch chant. [1] You already know that a schlemiel is a clumsy person (the type that spills soup) and a schlemazel is an unlucky person (the type who has soup spilled on him). Hasenpfeffer is a type of German rabbit stew. [2]

 

It's possible that the stew is the soup that is spilled on the schlemazel by the schlemiel, but that's just a guess as my research turns up nothing concrete. Incorporated just means incorporated, so it doesn't make a whole lot of sense in context, but then, children's songs often don't. This could be one mystery that never gets solved!

 

Now, this brings back memories!

 

1. http://cher-homespun.blogspot.com/2011/10/schlemiel-schlimazel-hasenpfeffer.html

 

2. http://stuffijustlearned.blogspot.com/2010/06/laverne-shirley-theme-song-meaning.html

answered Aug 14, 2015 by Alexis Arden (43,230 points)
edited Aug 14, 2015 by Alexis Arden
Hasenpfeffer Incorporated means the two are brought together (Incorporated) by the spilled soup which is a good analogy for Laverne and Shirley.
Except rabbit is definitely not kosher!

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