Saturday, February 17, 2007


Unusual words in songs

It's time for another lightweight post, and today's is about some unusual words that appear in songs. I'll post it as a little quiz, with answers to be added later — you fill in which songs they come from. Hey: no fair using Google![1]

  1. “rotogravure”[2]
  2. “plebeian”
  3. “vestibule”[3]
  4. “antepenultimate”

Feel free to add some of your own, too, in the comments.

[1] When I checked, I was able to find them all on Google, even pretending that I didn't know the answers... though one of them was harder to find than the others (three of them popped right out).

[2] Hint: it's not from Ringo Starr's album Rotogravure. As best I can tell, the word doesn't appear in the lyrics to any of the songs on that album.

[3] Similarly, I find no evidence that this word appears in anything by the group called “The Vestibules” (formerly known as “Radio Free Vestibule”). But just in case, I'll say that the song I'm looking for was once number 1 on the pop charts.


Dr. Momentum said...

nusual woards in songs? How about "pompatus"?

harryhoppel said...

Hint: you can always type in Google "define: <word, for which definition you are looking for>", for example, "define: pompatus". Just for fun I found definitions of the words above in less than one minute.

Barry Leiba said...

Nah, I'm sticking with real words, not made-up pompatusy words.

The Ridger, FCD said...

Are you wanting answers posted? I knew them all ... You moderate so take the answers off if you want.

rotogravure - a photo supplement to a newspaper (as in Easter Parade)

plebian - working/lower class, by extension simple unpretentious or prosaic

vestibule - an entryway to a building, like a tiny foyer

antepenultimate - before the next to the last (the antepenultimate syllable in antepenultimate is 'ul')

Barry Leiba said...

Ah, I was unclear: ya gotta figure out the songs, not the meanings of the words. I'll update the post to clarify.

Barry Leiba said...

So, Ridger got the first one right: Irving Berlin's "Easter Parade" has the line, "You'll find that you're in the rotogravure."

Barry Leiba said...

Answers posted here.