Anyone else noticed BBC News using this phrase recently? Apparently in the sense used by the (semi-literate) journo's things have recently been "rising to a crescendo" for several stories on several continents. This is obviously a global phenomenan :shock: Now call me old fashioned, (and musical terminology may well have been drastically redefined in my 5 yr layoff) but - I thought a Crescendo was a musical process of gradual increase of volume (and possibly intensity) not an end result in itself :wink: Whatever next, will things diminish to a diminuendo? And what will poco a poco do if made redundant? Yet another victim of modernisation!!