edwardspoonhands:

allthingslinguistic:

xkcd: Wikipedia article titles with the right syllable stress pattern to be sung to the tune of the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles theme song. (Here’s the song, for reference.)
All of these titles are examples of trochaic tetrameter, which is one of the most common English meters (a trochee is a foot consisting of STRONG-weak and tetrameter is four feet per line). Another example is Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, although that has a deficient last foot, but you can sing any of these titles to that tune as well if you just double the last note.
Trochaic tetrameter creates a strong feeling of sing-song “poem-ness” in English. Most Shakespearean characters, for example, speak in iambic pentameter (weak-STRONG, five feet per line), which sounds more natural, but a few speak in trochaic tetrameter for dramatic effect. For example, MacBeth and Lady MacBeth speak in iambic pentameter, which gives the effect of talking normally: 

Methought I heard a voice cry “Sleep no more!Macbeth does murder sleep,” the innocent sleep,Sleep that knits up the ravell’d sleave of care,
Out, damned spot! out, I say!—One: two: why,then, ‘tis time to do’t.—Hell is murky!—Fie, mylord, fie! a soldier, and afeard? What need wefear who knows it, when none can call our powerto account?—Yet who would have thought the oldman to have had so much blood in him?

But the witches speak in trochaic tetrameter, which makes them seem like they’re delivering an incantation: 

Double, double toil and trouble;Fire burn, and cauldron bubble.
Fair is foul, and foul is fair

Previous xkcd on poetry: metrical foot fetish, ballad meter, trochaic fixation. Language Log also has a long, interesting post on meter. 

My favorite thing about this is picturing all of the people sitting alone in their homes singing “SAN DIEGO CITY COUNCIL!” to the tune of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

edwardspoonhands:

allthingslinguistic:

xkcd: Wikipedia article titles with the right syllable stress pattern to be sung to the tune of the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles theme song. (Here’s the song, for reference.)

All of these titles are examples of trochaic tetrameter, which is one of the most common English meters (a trochee is a foot consisting of STRONG-weak and tetrameter is four feet per line). Another example is Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, although that has a deficient last foot, but you can sing any of these titles to that tune as well if you just double the last note.

Trochaic tetrameter creates a strong feeling of sing-song “poem-ness” in English. Most Shakespearean characters, for example, speak in iambic pentameter (weak-STRONG, five feet per line), which sounds more natural, but a few speak in trochaic tetrameter for dramatic effect. For example, MacBeth and Lady MacBeth speak in iambic pentameter, which gives the effect of talking normally: 

Methought I heard a voice cry “Sleep no more!
Macbeth does murder sleep,” the innocent sleep,
Sleep that knits up the ravell’d sleave of care,

Out, damned spot! out, I say!—One: two: why,
then, ‘tis time to do’t.—Hell is murky!—Fie, my
lord, fie! a soldier, and afeard? What need we
fear who knows it, when none can call our power
to account?—Yet who would have thought the old
man to have had so much blood in him?

But the witches speak in trochaic tetrameter, which makes them seem like they’re delivering an incantation: 

Double, double toil and trouble;
Fire burn, and cauldron bubble.

Fair is foul, and foul is fair

Previous xkcd on poetry: metrical foot fetish, ballad meter, trochaic fixation. Language Log also has a long, interesting post on meter

My favorite thing about this is picturing all of the people sitting alone in their homes singing “SAN DIEGO CITY COUNCIL!” to the tune of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

itswalky:

aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

(Source: choro-q)

wolfpupy:

http://wolfpupy.com/comic/27.html

nateswinehart:

Being good to each other is so important, guys.

lonesomenotlonely:

Oh wow.

(Source: paulftompkins)

(Source: sandandglass, via c-e-salazar)

johndarnielle:

pharrfromheaven:

otonolujan:

Mucho bling on this 3-row Hohner #accordion  #namm2014 #hohner (at The NAMM Show)

Sweet. This is Joel Guzman’s doing. 
Last year, I talked to him, and he was telling me how he envisioned a three-row button diatonic box, with a 40-bass section. Guzman works closely with Hohner, and this is what they came up with.
Guzman is one of the most versatile accordionists around. Can play the old conjunto style, while also experimenting with different American regional flavors, along with the European style. Such a brilliant accordionist. My good friend Iliana, originally from La Grulla, took lessons from Guzman this past year in Austin. A while back, I was telling her how jealous I was of her, ha. 

so cool

johndarnielle:

pharrfromheaven:

otonolujan:

Mucho bling on this 3-row Hohner #accordion
#namm2014 #hohner (at The NAMM Show)

Sweet. This is Joel Guzman’s doing. 

Last year, I talked to him, and he was telling me how he envisioned a three-row button diatonic box, with a 40-bass section. Guzman works closely with Hohner, and this is what they came up with.

Guzman is one of the most versatile accordionists around. Can play the old conjunto style, while also experimenting with different American regional flavors, along with the European style. Such a brilliant accordionist. My good friend Iliana, originally from La Grulla, took lessons from Guzman this past year in Austin. A while back, I was telling her how jealous I was of her, ha. 

so cool