Thinking about the transitivity of ‘remarry’ got me thinking about the two different transitive senses of the word ‘marry.’ It can refer to officiating a marriage ceremony (“Reverend Bob married Dave and Alice”), or to taking another as one’s spouse (“Dave married Alice”). The ambiguity comes out in the following passage from the old song “Aba Daba Honeymoon.” This song, despite having been written in 1914, covered the racy topic of a monkey and a chimpanzee who fell in love. According to the song,
Then the big baboon one night in June,Hearing that at age 8 or so, I always wondered: Did the monkey, chimpanzee, and baboon all get married? Now, that might seem a bizarre thing for an 8-year-old to wonder… but riddle me this: if we’re already talking about interspecies mating, why should polyamory be out of the ballpark?
He married them and very soon
They went upon their aba daba honeymoon!