I’m following Rhia‘s lead here, and calling this disease what it is: Pig Flu. No, it’s not swine flu (not that I think Swine is that much of an upgrade from Pig). We need a good solid plosive to really portray our disgust at this disease.
What is a plosive? If you’re not an English major or a vocalist, you may not know. Plosive are consonants that make an exploding sound when you say them. They rely on a certain amount of built up pressure behind your lips. P,D,B,K, and T are the major ones.
Notice, all the best/nastiest words start with P
- Paula (P)Abdul
- and many others (c’mon… my mom reads this blog)
So the “Pig Flu” does seem to enhance the nastiness of the disease. Bravo, Rhia.
Tonight is the top 5 of American Idol, which I am now renaming Pamerican Pidol, in honor of the Pig Flu, and also to honor it as one of the best/nastiest words in our English language.
American Idol has a great vowel-filled, roll-off-the-tongue feel to it. Throw in a few P’s and we instantly have a show that fewer Americans will like and talk about.
Henceforth American Idol will no longer be known as A.I., but as P.P.
When I was in choir during college, our choir president, Jeff, was in charge of consonants. Even today, when I listen back to our recordings, I can hear Jeff hacking away at those beautiful consonants – especially the plosives.
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