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Bryan, D. (1920). Word-Play in Dreams. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 1:423-423.

(1920). International Journal of Psycho-Analysis, 1:423-423

Word-Play in Dreams

Douglas Bryan

A patient related a dream in which she was reading a book called "Rhotomontade". She had made a note of the dream and found that she had written "Rhotomondade". She did not know the word but seemed to remember that when she was quite a little girl her mother had once said to her, "Don't make such a rodomontade about it". Eventually the word resolved itself into "wrote to my daddy". She had been reading a French book on the evening previous to the dream, hence the "mon" for "my".

The same patient had a dream in which associations led to a village in France called Les Andelys. This eventually resolved itself into "Lays on the bed" (lys = lit).

A patient dreamed he was on a lighter and at the end of the lighter was a small yacht. He suddenly noticed that the yacht was sinking and caught hold of the rope which attached the yacht to the lighter, but it sank and muddy water rushed over the yacht and all around the lighter. Associations to lighter led to water-closet seat. Those to yacht led via mouse-trap, mice, dirt, and smell to faeces. The rope was the chain for flushing and the water the flushing of the pan. Although the dream worked out satisfactorily as regards ideas about defaecation I was not quite satisfied as to why a yacht should represent faeces. However, a spontaneous association, though not in direct connection with yacht, brought the solution. The patient mentioned that when he was a tiny child, about two years old, the nurse used to put him on the chamber and encourage him to "Do lots" or "Do a lot". I said to him, If you were two years old how would you say to the nurse, "I've done lots" or "I've done a lot"? He replied, "I should probably say, Nurse, I done yot or I done a yot". Hence the association of yacht = yot = lot = faeces.

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