Curiosities of the English language

PeterBale

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. . . and I just found another site that told me the "scampi" is simply the Italian word for "shrimp". After that, there can be only one response:

Cum mortuis in lingua mortua :wink:
 

Dave Payn

Active Member
Straightmute said:
But there's nothing here to indicate whether or not they can play swing.

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I doubt it. I think scampi are more classically minded. Indeed, Ralph Vuaghn Williams dedicated a piece to them for violin, chorus and small orchestra namely Flos Scampi. Therefore as scampi aren't trained in the art of swing, no doubt they'd be shot down in flames were they ever to attempt it.
 

Straightmute

Active Member
Dave Payn said:
I doubt it. I think scampi are more classically minded. Indeed, Ralph Vuaghn Williams dedicated a piece to them for violin, chorus and small orchestra namely Flos Scampi. Therefore as scampi aren't trained in the art of swing, no doubt they'd be shot down in flames were they ever to attempt it.

That cannot be correct. The only reference to scampi in the New Grove states that:

The original decoration of Ruckers instruments was rather elaborate. Block-printed paper patterns (with motifs taken from Renaissance pattern books) were placed inside the key-well (above the keys) and above the soundboard around the inside of the case. These patterned papers were also sometimes used inside the lid in conjunction with a repeating wood-grained paper on which Latin mottoes were printed (see fig.1); or sometimes the insides of the lids were beautifully painted by contemporary artists such as Rubens, Jan Breughel and Van Balen. The outsides of the instruments were painted with an imitation of marble or sometimes of huge jewels held in place by an iron strapwork. The soundboards were embellished with tempera paintings of flowers, birds, scampi, insects, snails, fruit and the like. The date was also painted somewhere on the soundboard or wrest plank.

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Dave Payn

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That cannot be correct. The only reference to scampi in the New Grove states that:

The original decoration of Ruckers instruments was rather elaborate. Block-printed paper patterns (with motifs taken from Renaissance pattern books) were placed inside the key-well (above the keys) and above the soundboard around the inside of the case. These patterned papers were also sometimes used inside the lid in conjunction with a repeating wood-grained paper on which Latin mottoes were printed (see fig.1); or sometimes the insides of the lids were beautifully painted by contemporary artists such as Rubens, Jan Breughel and Van Balen. The outsides of the instruments were painted with an imitation of marble or sometimes of huge jewels held in place by an iron strapwork. The soundboards were embellished with tempera paintings of flowers, birds, scampi, insects, snails, fruit and the like. The date was also painted somewhere on the soundboard or wrest plank.

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Wibble............. :?
 

PeterBale

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Staff member
Dave Payn said:
I doubt it. I think scampi are more classically minded. Indeed, Ralph Vaughan Williams dedicated a piece to them for violin, chorus and small orchestra namely Flos Scampi. Therefore as scampi aren't trained in the art of swing, no doubt they'd be shot down in flames were they ever to attempt it.

Was it dedicated to our own Cornetgirl :?: :wink:
 

Okiedokie of Oz

Active Member
I can top all this...

If you are from China, you're Chinese
If you are from Japan,, you are Japanese
If you are from Taiwan, you are Taiwanese
So, what are you if you're from Hong Kong?
 

PeterBale

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Staff member
Okiedokie of Oz said:
I can top all this...

If you are from China, you're Chinese
If you are from Japan,, you are Japanese
If you are from Taiwan, you are Taiwanese
So, what are you if you're from Hong Kong?

. . . and if you're from Peking :?: :wink: :lol:
 

Well Worth It

Active Member
Maybe in that case you can only "spouse" up a lacklustre relationship......??
Unless you go for the whole polygamy idea(l) then "spice" might be used :?: :wink:
 

PeterBale

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Staff member
Okiedokie of Oz said:
Dave Payn said:
Indeed, one could argue that the plural of spouse is 'spice'.....

So does that mean that David Beckham is actually married to ALL the Spice Girls???????

Well worth it said:
Unless you go for the whole polygamy idea(l) then "spice" might be used

Maybe he's only married to those who sound like parrots :!:
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Sorry, that is all of them, isn't it :?: :wink: :lol:
 
Scampus definately.

what about sheep, then more sheep...

spaghetti?

A spaghetti?

A Spaghettus?

I wouldnt like to be eaten by a spag...
 

MRSH

Supporting Member
I know I'm resurrecting an old thread but considering the 'Spilling' thread I thought people might like proof that the English language itself is crazy so it's no wonder people get confused with the spilling......sorry spelling ;)

Written by someone who's learnt it (well) as a second language maybe?

The bandage was wound around the wound.

The farm was used to produce produce.


The dump was so full that it had to refuse more refuse.

He could lead if he would get the lead out.

The soldier decided to desert his dessert in the desert.

Since there is no time like the present, he thought it was time to present the present.

A bass was painted on the head of the bass drum.

When shot at, the dove dove into the bushes.

I did not object to the object.

There was a row among the oarsmen about how to row.

They were too close to the door to close it.

The buck does funny things when the does are present.

A seamstress and a sewer fell down into a sewer line.

To help with planting, the farmer taught his sow to sow.

The wind was too strong to wind the sail.

After a number of injections my jaw got number.

Upon seeing the tear in the painting I shed a tear.

I had to subject the subject to a series of tests.

How can I intimate this to my most intimate friend?

Let's face it - English is a crazy language.

There is no egg in eggplant nor ham in hamburger; neither apple nor pine in pineapple. English muffins weren't invented in England nor French fries in France. Sweetmeats are candies while sweetbreads, which aren't sweet, are meat.

We take English for granted. But if we explore its paradoxes, we find that quicksand can work slowly, boxing rings are square and a guinea pig is neither from Guinea nor is it a pig. And why is it that writers write but fingers don't fing, grocers don't groce and hammers don't ham? If the plural of tooth is teeth, why isn't the plural of booth beeth?

One goose, 2 geese. So one moose, 2 meese? One index, 2 indices? Doesn't it seem crazy that you can make amends but not one amend, that you comb through annals of history but not a single annal? If you have a bunch of odds and ends and get rid of all but one of them, what do you call it? If teachers taught, why didn't preachers praught? If a vegetarian eats vegetables, what does a humanitarian eat?

Sometimes I think all the English speakers should be committed to an asylum for the verbally insane. In what language do people recite at a play and play at a recital? Ship by truck and send cargo by ship? Park on driveways and drive on parkways? Have noses that run and feet that smell? How can a slim chance and a fat chance be the same, while a wise man and a wise guy are opposites? You have to marvel at the unique lunacy of a language in which your house can burn up as it burns down, in which you fill in a form by filling it out and in which an alarm goes off by going on.

English was invented by people, not computers, and it reflects the creativity of the human race (which, of course, isn't a race at all). That is why, when the stars are out, they are visible, but when the lights are out, they are invisible? And why, when I wind up my watch, I start it, but when I wind up this essay, I end it?

English is a silly language - it doesn't know if it is coming or going.
 
PeterBale said:
. . . and I just found another site that told me the "scampi" is simply the Italian word for "shrimp". After that, there can be only one response:

Cum mortuis in lingua mortua :wink:

Now now Peter, don't make an exhibition of yourself!
 

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