Mighty Red Pen

September 13, 2011

Wordies to the nerdies

Filed under: Lit review,Word wars,Wordsworthy — mighty red pen @ 6:41 pm
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H/t to Mister MRP, who was hip to the fact of the Mumford and Sons tune “Sigh No More,” which draws its lyrical inspiration from Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing.”

Here’s Mumford and Sons, and here is Shakespeare (according to Kenneth Branagh’s version).

Sigh no more, ladies, sigh no more;
Men were deceivers ever;
One foot in sea and one on shore,
To one thing constant never;
Then sigh not so,
But let them go,
And be you blithe and bonny;
Converting all your sounds of woe
Into. Hey nonny, nonny.

Sing no more ditties, sing no mo,
Or dumps so dull and heavy;
The fraud of men was ever so,
Since summer first was leavy.
Then sigh not so,
But let them go,
And be you blithe and bonny,
Converting all your sounds of woe
Into. Hey, nonny, nonny.

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Do you not know about War of the Words? It is described thusly on the website: “War of the Words is, simply put, the March Madness of the English language. It’s a bracket-style word tournament similar in structure to the popular NCAA basketball tournament except instead of picking the winner of a (1)Duke vs (16)Murray State match up you get to choose the (1)Palpable vs (16)Mongrel winner.”

Something for every word nerd, no? Brackets due September 22.

1 Comment »

  1. I have Squelch for the Win. I’m sure I’ll come to regret it.

    Comment by Tom Mangan — September 13, 2011 @ 9:02 pm | Reply


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