Monday, 20 July 2020

Lyrics for Singable Patter-Satire: Tom Lehrer Sings "ALLITERATIVE BINOMIALS, #1"

PARODY SONG-LYRICS

ORIGINAL SONG: "The Elements", Tom Lehrer, 1959.
Occasional binomials show alliteration
(e.g. one and only)

PARODY COMPOSED: Dr. G.H. and Giorgio Coniglio, 2015. This song is the second of nine in the series on Word-Pairs. You can find the links to the lyrics of the previous songs at the bottom of the post. 

EXPLANATION: The current effort involves a linguistic device discussed by Wikipedia as “Siamese twins” or ‘Irreversible Binomials”. These 
phrases include some of the most colorful expressions in English. There are probably a thousand binomial expressions in the English language. To enhance the singability, I have skewed my selection of binomial pairs here, to emphasize those that have alliteration of the 2 elements. 
For  a recently revised discussion of binomials, click here; there is also a post that honors our earlier exploration of these intriguing expressions entitled "The Allure of Word-Pairs: Alliterative Binomials (compendium)".

UKULELE and GUITAR-FRIENDLY LINK: Our whole series of songs can be found in a friendly format for ukulele (and guitar)-players on our sister blog  "SILLY SONGS and SATIRE". Click here to proceed to this site. But note that as it is a 'private blog' you will need to arrange access, if you don't already have it. Leave a comment on this post if you want to access the version with chord-charts and helpful performing suggestions. 












For house and home, and king and country, love or leave it, bull or bear
And wild and woolly, weeping wailing, whys and wherefores, wash and wear
There’s lend and lease, lewd and lascivious, longitude and latitude
And odds and evens, wax and wane, and hoot and holler, crass and crude.

There’s form and function, farm and factory, and fling and flirta-ation
And feast or famine, rhyme and reason, rest and relaxa-ation 
There’s rough and ready, rags to riches, rock and roll, down and dirty
And dine and dash, and cheque or cash, and foppery and frippery.

There's live and learn, last but not least, and lemon lime, and life and limb
Safe and secure, and search and seizure, signs and symptoms, sink or swim
And sweet and sour, and Stars and Stripes, and sticks and stones, and sights and sounds
And hale and hearty, hot and heavy, birds and bees, and horse and hounds. 

There’s flora fauna, fun and frolic, fin and fur, forgive forget
Over and out, and tots and toddlers, tit for tat, restore reset 
And Jew and Gentile, dribs and drabs, naughty or nice, and juke and jive
And one and only, publish perish, bed and breakfast, drink and drive.

There’s poke and prod, and pen and paper, post and pillar, pig in poke
And rant and rave, and bread and butter, mix and match, and jeer and joke
Hell or high water, rod and reel, gruff grim, footloose and fancy-free,
Deny his due to devil, dos and don'ts, and also deep blue sea.

Nieces and nephews, peas in pod, kit and caboodle, meek and mild
And ghosts and goblins, trick or treat, witches and warlocks, wet and wild
And trials and tribulation, tried and true , thick thin, and tic-tac-toe
And cute and cuddly, fair or foul, and spick and span, and friend or foe.

Note: A second collection of amusing and instructive phrases has been posted  as "More Alliterative Binomials #2".

Wednesday, 15 July 2020

Edification about Word-Pairs: "The BINOMIALS", A Linguistic Lesson

 EDIFICATION about  WORDPLAY

ORIGINAL SONG: "The Elements", Tom Lehrer, 1959.

LESSON COMPOSED: Dr. G.H. and Giorgio Coniglio, 2015. This explanation is required for the reader to understand the material on Word-Pairs that underlies the second through fifth song in the collection of 9 parodies.

BINOMIALS: We are dealing here with a linguistic device discussed by Wikipedia as “Siamese twins” or ‘Irreversible Binomials”. These 
phrases include some of the most colorful expressions in English. There are probably a thousand binomial expressions in the English language. To enhance the singability, I have skewed my selection of binomial pairs here, to emphasize those that have alliteration of the 2 elements. 
For discussion of binomials on an earlier post (January 5, 2017)click herethat post also honours our previous exploration of these intriguing expressions, and is entitled "The Allure of Word-Pairs: Alliterative Binomials (compendium)".

UKULELE and GUITAR-FRIENDLY LINK: Our whole series of songs can be found in a friendly format for ukulele- and guitar-players on our sister blog "SILLY SONGS and SATIRE". Click here to proceed to this site. But note that as it is a 'private blog' you will need to arrange access, if you don't already have it. Leave a comment on this post if you want to access the version with chord-charts and helpful performing suggestions. 



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AND, A TRIBUTE TO BINOMIALS IN POETRY

binomial (clichéd) expression:
Hale and hearty — our topic this session,
Gives good grades for your health,
And good outcomes? A wealth
(Just be sure to avoid indiscretion).
You find 'hale' a hard challenge to spell?
Time has come to say, "Hail and Farewell".
Hide and seekhard and fast,
Here and now (not the past).
Show and tell, both in Heaven and Hell.

binomial pairphrase, or expression, is a language element consisting of a pair of words that are used in a fixed order as an idiom. The two members of the pair are the same part of speech, are semantically related, often near-synonyms or antonyms, and are most commonly joined by 'and', or 'or'; they often play a role as clichés. The term irreversible binomial was presumably coined and extensively discussed by American philologist Yakov Malkiel in 1954. The most catchy of these phrases are alliterative, as 'hale and hearty', or rhyming, as in 'health and wealth' or 'haste makes waste'.

Ethics maven, a loyal supporter,
Advised Donald, "Don't toy with fixed order:
First there's sin, then redemption;
If we make an exemption,
They'll let drug dealers in 'cross the border."
For binomial expressions, such as Sin and redemption, there is a mandatory order of the two linguistic elements.

According to media reports, during Donald Trump's term in office, particularly towards its end, there was discussion of the use of a 'pre-emptive' pardon to redeem the president's close associates, his family, and even the President himself.

Some archaic words, pair-wise, take part,
Signed and sealed in our lyrical art,
Like betwixt and between,
Goods and chattels are seen,
Hook or crooktit for tat, ... just to start.
Penny-wise and pound-foolish — old shopper:
Hue and cryto and froprince and pauper;
Spick and spanspit and polish,
Hem and hawbeck and call-ish —
You'll find lo and behold prim and proper.

This verse serves as a companion-piece to binomial expressions.


HOT LINKS to WORD-PAIR PARODY LYRICS,
here on the wordplay-poetry-lyrics blog "Edifying Nonsense" ...




Friday, 10 July 2020

Progress in Poetry: The SIX-LINED HALF-LIMERICK



Let's start with an example ...



 



SIX-VERSE SAGA:
 A MAN CONFRONTS THE PAST 
















 

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