Thursday, 10 February 2011

Karaoke ring of DEATH!

This is my first time participating in a fun game - sorry, a MATTER OF LIFE-AND-DEATH - devised by my friends over at 20 Something Bloggers...

Everyone who enters makes a video of themselves singing a song, usually on a theme - this time, the theme is "Love or Anti-Love" - then each Blogger posts a different Blogger's video on his or her Blog...  D'you see?

It is my delightful task to post a video by the lovely Coyote Rose, performing Nancy Sinatra's "These Boots Were Made For Walking", complete with full dance routine - so, here it is!

(I have also been ask to apologise for the behaviour of Steve - Rose's hair - in this video...  I am given to believe he was "being a bitch"...  Steve, how could you?!)

So, as the lady said, don't forget to check out the other Karaoke Bloggers from this month!  If you want to brave my rendition of Porcupine Tree's "Pure Narcotic", you can view that here on Neal's Blog...  A full list of all the Karaoke Blog links is available now on Sara's Blog - and HERE IT IS!

Hope you all enjoyed that - we will now return you to your regularly scheduled programming of cynicism, misanthropy and pedantry!

Tuesday, 8 February 2011

Inappropriate suffixes 1: "athon"

The suffix -athon comes from the "marathon" - these days, anything deemed "epic", or especially large, or time-consuming is known as a "something-athon"…

Often, although not always, for charity, these can include "knitathons", "drumathons", "boxathons", "quizzathons" - and you know from the name that the event in question is going to involve an awful lot of people doing an awful lot of knitting, drumming, boxing, or quizzing…

Unfortunately, though, this doesn't work - otherwise the real marathon would actually be called a "runathon"!  (Either that or it would be a twenty-four hour event to mar someone, or something!  It's not - it's people in lyrca, running a lot…)

Why people have assumed that -athon just means "epic, tiring thing", I don't know...  Although it does shed a new light on anyone called Jonathon!