Sunday, 9 August 2015

Thanks to Tom Lehrer#7: The Reduplications, Singable Lexicon L to Z

POST #87
PARODY-LYRICS, a discussion of reduplications, in 3 singable parts.
Hawaiian sign
ORIGINAL SONG: "The Elements", Tom Lehrer, 1959.
PARODY COMPOSED: Giorgio Coniglio, August 2015.

KEYWORDS: goldenoldy, language

The original posting of The Lesson, including many examples, along with and this supplemental Lexicon  contain a total of over 250 intriguing  reduplications. 

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


LEXICON of REDUPLICATIONS  L to Z

(to the tune of "the Elements' - Tom Lehrer)

There’s lazy Daisy, loosey-goosey, Ling Ling, and lickety-split
And lovey-dovey, legal eagle, mellow 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-poly, rinky-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 lady, seesaw, space race, Star Wars, snail mail, PigglyWig'
And tutti-frutti,  tittle-tattle, tiki, 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 !!!























Performing Notes: 
collage honoring Pierre Trudeau's linguistic innovation

I seem to be addicted to this "OS" (original song) as a vehicle for parodies. Try using the search function at the top of the page ("Lehrer" will get you there) to review the 6 previous submissions of this type.

You can play/sing Tom Lehrer's original patter-song, The Elements, by checking out Corktunes, the songbook of the Corktown Ukulele Jam here.
Lehrer had adapted the melody from "The Major General's Song" from Gilbert and Sullivan's "Pirates of Penzance". There are 3 somewhat different melodies/chord-sequences used in alteration through the GandS song, and in Lehrer's derived take-off. You should be familiar with the format by now, if you have been following these posts. 


























































































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