Monday, October 17, 2011

Out-of-the-Ordinary Words

The other day when my kids and I were talking about National Novel Writing Month, we also discussed the other special writing months, including album-writing month. At first my youngest thought that writing a song every day would be really easy: just take the words "party," "dance floor," "club," "forever," "tonight," and "baby," and say them in various orders and you're done. She forgot about coming up with the instrumentation. And perhaps making the lyrics interesting.

Some people actually DO use interesting words when they are writing songs. Words such as:
Scylla and Charybdis, Rasputin, hermeneutic, verdigris, flaggelation, politesse, fandango, centrifugal motion, reassemble, gravitate, elation, gavotte, unruly, prerogative, deluge, cumbersome, emu, moot, chamomile, refracted, baboons, vagabond, asbestos, nightingale, masquerade, marmalade
Can you name these songs/artists? Do you have any more to add?

Here's a song parody that has a lot of unusual words:


HWY said...

Wonderful words/phrases.

I recognize a couple (Cumbersome is a song by Seven Mary Three and Fandango is used in Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen). And, btw, Bohemian would be a good word to include.

Here are a few more:
Rorschachs (by Rickie Lee Jones)
Shambala (by Three Dog Night);
Aurora (by Foo Fighters);
Daysleeper (by R.E.M.)

and this is a two-fer:
Paranoid Android (by Radiohead)

These are all titles, too. I'm sure there are a bunch of good words within songs, but I've got the flu and my head isn't working all that well. :-(

Tabatha said...

Sorry that you're feeling bad! You did a great job.

Other ones you might recognize if you were feeling better include songs by the Rolling Stones, Carly Simon, the Beatles, and George Benson.