Re: Help convince me Mars bars aren't actually getting smaller!
Posted: Thu Jul 25, 2019 11:03 pm
Zombie thread I know but, @Mike Senior, I must ask, did you ever write your song with "anticurmudgeonism" in it?
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Sam Spoons wrote:Zombie thread I know but, @Mike Senior, I must ask, did you ever write your song with "anticurmudgeonism" in it?
Mike Senior wrote:OK, let me explain what I mean by that title. I've recently started a new free podcast where a friend and I take a not-altogether-serious slant on all things project-studio (http://www.projectstudioteabreak.com). For our latest recording, I mentioned that, although I don't normally agree with the "music was better in the 70s/60s/baroque/whateverpastperiod" point of view I sometimes hear from people of my age, I've begun to worry I might be starting to become such a curmudgeon myself...
You see, as I was reclining by the pool on holiday a couple of weeks ago, I heard ABBA's 'Lay All Your Love On Me', which contains the fabulous couplet "I used to think I was sensible / It makes the truth even more incomprehensible", with its six-syllable final word. So I started trying to think if there were any similarly long words in recent chart hits. And I couldn't come up with any!
Five-syllable words used to be commonplace ("Unforgettable" "You irreplaceable you" "Congratulations"...) and The Carpenters managed a whopping seven syllables in "Calling Occupants Of Interplanetary Craft" (a song which includes another 5-syllable and four 4-syllable words too). But the most recent six-syllable word I could find was "institutionalized" in So Solid Crew's "Broken Silence" back in 2003, and even five-syllable ones seem pretty scarce -- there's "opportunity" in Eminem's "Lose Yourself", for instance, but that's 2002.
So, please -- somebody! -- name me a hit song within the last 10 years that has at least a 5-syllable word in it, and preferably a 7-syllable one to stop The Carpenters looking so smug (a herculean labour, I know). Otherwise, I'm afraid I shall have to concede that Mars bars really are getting smaller, that policemen are getting younger, and that young people really don't show any respect for their elders any more. In my day, etc., etc., ...
Definitely re the album demise ‘Within you without you’ on Sgt Pepper grew on me, and ‘Baby as you turn away’ on Bee Gees’ Main course and Bap Kennedy’s ‘Baby it’s alright’ from Lonely Street weren’t singles as far as I can tell.I wonder if there's a link here with the demise of the album and the shift to streaming?
It's a good book that. :)Dynamic Mike wrote:IIRC from Stephen Pinkers' 'The language Instinct' there are no lazy languages when it comes to syllables. For example, the Americans have managed to lose a syllable in 'government' but it reappears in 'police'.
Take a drive round Norfolk (the countryside is lovely) and compare the written village name with its local pronunciation...
I’ve resigned myself to being one. :DI've begun to worry I might be starting to become such a curmudgeon myself...
Mike Senior wrote:Absolutely -- I grew up within smelling distance of the Mars factory, in fact.ConcertinaChap wrote:[non sequitur] Did you know that Mars bars were invented in Slough? [/non sequitur]
Drongoloid wrote:Mike Senior wrote:Absolutely -- I grew up within smelling distance of the Mars factory, in fact.ConcertinaChap wrote:[non sequitur] Did you know that Mars bars were invented in Slough? [/non sequitur]
All chocolate manufacturers were Quakers. Rowntree, Cadbury, Fry etc. Apparently Bonnie Raitt, Joan Baez and Tom Robinson are Quakers.