"Civil serpent” is a popular malapropism for “civil servant.” A popular joke in October 1961 featured little girls telling each other what their fathers did. “My daddy is a civil serpent,” one little girl declared.
“What do you call a snake that works for the Government? A Civil Serpent” was posted on Twitter on March 31, 2009.
3 October 1961, Independent (Long Beach, CA)< "Beach Combing" with Malcolm Epley, pg. B-1, col. 2:
STORY is going the rounds about a new government official who moves into a neighborhood which had mostly free enterprisers on the block—a business man or two, a couple of salesmen, a lawyer, a lobbyist.
No wanting his children to face the stigma of having a bureaucrat daddy, he emphasized the positive. Duly advised, his daughter went out to meet her new playmates.
"My daddy's a lawyer," said one.
"My daddy sells air conditioning," said another.
The little girl eyed them proudly. "My daddy," she said, "is a civil serpent."
13 October 1961, The Wall Street Journal, “Pepper...and Salt,” pg. 12, cols. 1-3:
Two little girls were overheard discussing their fathers. “My daddy,” boasted one, “is a dentist.”
“Hmph,” the other retorted. “That’s nothing. Mine’s a civil serpent.”
-- Terry Edler.
29 August 1971, Atlanta (GA) Constitution, “Collection of Humor Published By Paper”, pg. 15C
LONDON (UPI)—(...) Mrs. W. T. Cowley of Ricknmansworth wrote: “Two of our neighbors’ little girls were playing together, and I overheard them discussing their fathers.
“‘My daddy’s a doctor,” said one, in superior tones. ‘Mine,’ replied the other, ‘is a civil serpent.’”
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A civil serpent
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