callmemadam (callmemadam) wrote,


Roses Over a Cottage Door posted about favourite words and coincidentally I’d been having similar thoughts. My word is ‘mysterious’. A favourite silly song of mine at the moment is Jessie J’s Price Tag, especially these lines:

"Why is everybody so serious?
Acting so damn mysterious"

I love this! It conjures up an image of a crowd of people wearing trench coats with collars pulled up and hats pulled down over their eyes, a sort of Inspector Gadget flashmob. It reminds me of H G Wells playing charades, drifting around in a sheet and then saying he was ‘God moving in a mysterious way’. If you emphasise the 'm' and stretch the second syllable, there’s something inherently amusing about the word, but why?
Tags: language, song lyrics

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