Wednesday, 20 January 2021

Lyrics for Singable Patter-Satire: Tom Lehrer sings "REDUPLICATIONS L to Z"





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PARODY SONG-LYRICS

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

PARODY COMPOSED: Dr. G.H. and Giorgio Coniglio, 2015. This song is the eighth 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:
 For a discussion of reduplications on an earlier post on this blogsite, click here. The current post also honours our previous venture of Feb 15, 2017 entitled 'Abracadabra' to 'Zoom-zoom': possibly the world's largest compendium of reduplications'.  

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: 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. 








Many of these words and phrases have fascinating stories of their origin and subsequent use; the hotlinks highlight those with instructive or amusing information available on the web.


There’s lazy Daisy, loosey-goosey, Ling Ling, and lickety-split
And lovey-dovey, legal eaglemellow yellow, and nitwit
And Mai Tai, mole hole, nitty-gritty, and phony-balo-oney.

There’s namby-pamby, no-no, ooey-gooey, okey-dokeping pong
And pom-pom, palsy-walsy, pasty-faced, slap-happy, singalong
And pow-wowpitter-patter, pooper-scooper, plain Jane, and pell-mell
And poo-poo (scat), pooh-pooh (reject), and pupu (snack);  how can you tell?

There's quick fix, quack-quack, razzle-dazzle, rail trail, ragtag, ring-aling
A mini-lesson found on the Internet
And  razzmattaz, and rumble-tumble, Roger dodgerand Sing Sing.
And ready Freddy, rollick-frolic, “fuddle-duddle” (P. Trudeau)
And roly-polyrinky-dink and super-duper, or so-so.

There's shock jock, sure cure, snip-snap, sci-fi, smartcart, shipshape, and stun gun,
And silly billy, speed read, shilly-shally, squish-squash, stumblebum
And shady ladyseesawspace race, Star Wars, snail mail, PigglyWig'
And tutti-frutti,  tittle-tattletiki, tip-top, thing'majig.

There's teeter-tottertootsie-wootsie, teentsie-weentsie, and tee-tee
And tom-toms drumming, tartar, tum-tum, tattle-tale, uh-huh, TV
And tubby-wubby, willy-nilly, wishy-washy, woman’s womb
And walkie-talkie, wingding, yo-yo, yoo-hoo! zig-zag and zoom-zoom.

Ta-Dah !!!



Friday, 15 January 2021

Verse and Wordplay Maps: AMERICAN ANAGRAM SWARMS


Incidentally, if you want to enlarge any slide in this presentation, simply click on it. (To escape from enlarged mode, click on the little 'x' in the upper right of the dark background field that will surround the enlarged slide.) 
















 The above slide includes the important political anagram 'FEAR NOT, IL DUCE' (to appreciate this letter-scramble you would have to remember that Il Duce - the 'leader' in Italian - was a frequently used form of address for Benito Mussolini).










After discussing the reshufflings on these maps with my nephew M.H., I am embarrassed to have to admit that I neglected to include the name of the high-profile California performing entity 'If-Loner Duet CA'. Sorry about that oversight!

To review the entries in a recent National Anagram Contest that used the phrase 'ELECTION FRAUD' as the target for letter-scrambles, check this blog-link, (or you could go to Giorgio's Facebook Photo-Album collection, where much of this material has also been posted).










As often happens, until corrected by some callers-in, I inadvertently left out a few relevant locales. So, apologies to the residents of Tunisian Loot and Alto Unionist CT, Stout Coaltin and U.S. Cottontail IN, and of Antisnout Cot IL, and Locust Tot Inn IA.












If you would like to see the complete 'anagram swarm' based on A VERY STABLE GENIUS, check this post.


You can find more anagram swarms in a follow-up post by clicking here!










Sunday, 10 January 2021

Reversing Verse: Limericks About CLASSIC PALINDROMES, part #2

This post provides a continuation of the wordplay display started in December 5, 2020. In that initial post, the following classic palindromes (phrases or sentences whose letters are ordered identically when they are read backwards as well as forwards) were described and extolled in verse; contents were as follows: 

1. Dennis sinned
2. Drawn onward
3Gnu dung
4. Yreka bakery
5. Lonely Tylenol
6. UFO tofu
7. Too hot to hoot
8. Never odd or even 


CURRENT CONTENTS
Please note that, continuing the convention adopted in the previous post , there will be an exclusive correlation between green italicized font and palindromes. But not all of the palindromes displayed within the verses' lines are in the 'classic repertoire'. Some are recent concoctions by the author.

9. Sex at noon taxes
10. No 'X' in Nixon
11. A Santa at NASA
12. T. Eliot's toilet
13. Madam, I'm Adam
14. Sex of foxes
15. Able ere Elba
16. A Toyota's a Toyota















Some readers might be relieved to note that there is an alternate version of the original palindromic news headline that proclaims, with a more optimistic tone in keeping with the holidays ...
      A Santa deified at NASA.






















Stay tuned for further posts that will bring you poetic discussion of more classic palindromes:

Scheduled for February 5, 2021 ...
17. Mr. Owl ate my metal worm
18. Emil's lime
19. To idiot: (The palindromic grouch)
20. A dim or fond 'No!' from Ida
21. No lemon, no melon (fruitless)
22. See bees
23. Ma is as selfless as I am
24. O stone, be not so (Roger Stone)


Tuesday, 5 January 2021

'ELECTION FRAUD' Anagrams: A Contest

 Over the last week we have had an anagram contest at the national (U.S.) level. We apologize to readers who missed the opportunity to participate.

The challenge was to come up with the best anagram (letter-scramble) of

E-L-E-C-T-I-O-N F-R-A-U-D

Out of an abundance of caution, we avoided announcing the contest initially, and have not required contest participants to agree to publishing their phone numbers, email addresses or charge-card PINs.

But we are now pleased to announce that the WINNING ENTRY nationally was ...

FAILED RECOUNT
Consideration was also given by the judges to the best entry for each participating state; the winning entries are shown on the accompanying map.

Sincere thanks to all who participated.






The national RUNNER-UP for best anagram is...
OUTLINED FARCE
Now to the Runners-Up for each participating state...
Read carefully. These concoctions are all different from the state 'Winners', which were posted 2 days ago!
And have a safe week -- two-day countdown to Freedom-from-Trump Day!







As you know, in the national contest, the Best Anagram was 
                                               FAILED RECOUNT

and the Runner-up was...     OUTLINED FARCE

Here are some other entries worthy of HONORABLE MENTION ...
                                               LO, INCUR DEFEAT
                                               OR FEED LUNATIC
                                               NOTICED EARFUL
                                                LIAR OUTFENCED
                                                REINFECT ALOUD
                                                FUEL RIOT-DANCE
                                                UNALTERED FOCI
                                                ELUDE FRACTION
                                                LEFTIE CANDOUR
                                                ULCERATED INFO
                                                ROTUND LIE-FACE
                                                DUE LATIN FORCE
                                                I.O.U. FACT-LENDER 
                                                LUCIFER ATONED
                                                UNDO RELIEF ACT     
                                                FIE ON A RED CULT!
                                                URAL DEFECTION                                          
                                                UNCLAD RIOT-FEE
                                                U.F.O. CREDENTIAL
                                                ONCE-FED RITUAL
                                                CURT FOE DENIAL
                                                FEAR NOT IL DUCE
                                                TO CRUDE FINALE





And here are a few other imaginative entries for the National Anagram Contest ...
FORNICATE DUEL;     ADORE FIT UNCLE;     RECITAL DONE - FU! 
ONE LURID FACET;    COULD IRAN FÊTE?    TOUCAN FIELDER;
EDUCATE FOR NIL;    FONDUE ARTICLE;      IN 'ACUTE' FOLDER;
DOCENT FAILURE;     A FECUND TOILER;    I.O.U. FACT LENDER;
ULTRA-FINE COED;  TRUE FAN, "LIE, DOC!" ENTICE FUR-LOAD; 
DETOUR IF CLEAN;  RE CUE: "DON'T FAIL!" OFTEN LURED C.I.A.
                                              








As we wrap up this discussion, we note here a few submissions in the National Contest that were quite clever from a wordplay perspective, but not relevant to the topic at hand. These include ...

FLUORINE CADET; INTRODUCE FLEA; DO INFLATE CURE;
TUNDRA ICE-FLOE; FURNACE TOILED; FINE-CUT ORDEAL;
INCUR FLEET ADO; FINE CORAL DUET; FERAL DOE TUNIC;
ERUDITE FALCON; ADIEU TORN CLEF; FLORA INDUCTEE;
FEED LATINO CUR; COULDN'T FAERIE? FAINTER OLD CUE;
ELFIN EDUCATOR; ARTFUL CODEINE; DECENT FOUL AIR;
UNDO AFTER LICE; CIAO, TENDER FLU; FLORENCE AUDIT;
ECO-LAIDEN TURF; RED ELF AUCTION; CAROTENE FLUID;
CAT: DOUR FELINE; URL://DEFECATION; RODENT-FLEA I.C.U.;
TRIFLE ACNE DUO; FIE, RUNTED COLA! CAN'T FIELD EURO
TRUE FAN; "LIE, DOC!" FAUCI, DO RELENT.





For a more serious take, you might want to review this Wikipedia article.


Giorgio Coniglio's stuff can also be found on Facebook, should you so desire.