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(Slate)   The peculiar grammar of Christmas songs. Turns out "Troll the ancient yuletide carol" has nothing to do with fooling around with Mrs. Brady under the mistletoe   (slate.com) divider line 48
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2013-12-26 07:21:28 AM
It's over. Post this next year.
 
2013-12-26 07:32:46 AM
FTFA: According to the OED, one of the meanings of "troll," in use since the 16th century, is "to sing in a full, rolling voice; to chant merrily or jovially."

The Trololo Song suddenly is amusing again.
 
2013-12-26 07:35:03 AM

DubyaHater: It's over. Post this next year.


It brings a small bit of comfort to all those English majors out there who are employed by Starbucks.. that some day they could be a PhD in Linguistics and spend their days writing books no one will read, and surviving day to day by writing articles only English majors will read.
 
2013-12-26 07:42:23 AM
Could we start 2014 with a clean Slate?
 
2013-12-26 07:50:14 AM

Kristoph57: DubyaHater: It's over. Post this next year.

It brings a small bit of comfort to all those English majors out there who are employed by Starbucks.. that some day they could be a PhD in Linguistics and spend their days writing books no one will read, and surviving day to day by writing articles only English majors will read.


You must have never looked at the statistics. English majors are no longer among the lowest earners (indeed, they never were). Do try to keep up.
 
GCD
2013-12-26 08:02:02 AM
I'll toss this in here...

I always thought that the lyrics to Joy To The World were

"Joy to the World , the Lord is come!
Let earth receive her King;
Let every heart prepare His doom"
 
2013-12-26 08:04:35 AM

GCD: I'll toss this in here...

I always thought that the lyrics to Joy To The World were

"Joy to the World , the Lord is come!
Let earth receive her King;
Let every heart prepare His doom"


Round John virgin, smother the child. Chicken wings so tender and mild.
 
2013-12-26 08:05:24 AM

DubyaHater: It's over. Post this next year.


Haven't you heard of the 12 days of Christmas? The 25th was just day one. Unless you're in retail and putting up Easter decorations (yes, I've seen some, a few days ago even), Christmas is just getting started.
 
2013-12-26 08:05:50 AM

Solutare: Kristoph57: DubyaHater: It's over. Post this next year.

It brings a small bit of comfort to all those English majors out there who are employed by Starbucks.. that some day they could be a PhD in Linguistics and spend their days writing books no one will read, and surviving day to day by writing articles only English majors will read.

You must have never looked at the statistics. English majors are no longer among the lowest earners (indeed, they never were). Do try to keep up.


Congrats, Kristoph!  You annoyed an English major so much they created a whole new account just to pat your head!
 
2013-12-26 08:10:56 AM
I've always wondered about the line: "Angels we have heard on high.."

On high what? What's high? The angels? You guys? Probably you guys.
 
2013-12-26 08:11:23 AM

vudukungfu: GCD: I'll toss this in here...

I always thought that the lyrics to Joy To The World were

"Joy to the World , the Lord is come!
Let earth receive her King;
Let every heart prepare His doom"

Round John virgin, smother the child. Chicken wings so tender and mild.


http://www.straightdope.com/columns/read/458/what-are-the-lyrics-to- wa lt-kellys-classic-carol-deck-us-all-with-boston-charlie
 
2013-12-26 08:14:11 AM
Is the asinine tag on vacation?
 
2013-12-26 08:16:30 AM

nahtanoj: Is the asinine tag on vacation?


Yes. It's Christmas.

/Also, don't even get me started on Auld Lang Syne.
 
2013-12-26 08:19:46 AM
legendsrevealed.com

Bow chicka bow wow
 
2013-12-26 08:24:02 AM

Grungehamster: http://www.straightdope.com/columns/read/458/what-are-the-lyrics-to- wa lt-kellys-classic-carol-deck-us-all-with-boston-charlie


Pogo rocked.
They don't make them like that anymore.
 
2013-12-26 08:27:33 AM
For the longest time, I thought that the first two lines of We Three Kings were really awkwardly saying:

"We three kings of Orient are bearing gifts. We traverse afar."

Then I realized that the first line was a complete sentence -- "We three kings are of Orient" -- just rearranged. So poetic. And the second line is just a normal sentence, "Bearing gifts, we traverse afar" Duh.

Also, I can't count how many people make the second line: "Bearing gifts, we travel so far." That bugs me. You seriously don't know the word traverse?
 
2013-12-26 08:34:21 AM
Solutare:

You must have never looked at the statistics. English majors are no longer among the lowest earners (indeed, they never were). Do try to keep up.

 http://www.forbes.com/2009/08/02/college-degree-pay-careers-leaders hip -salaries.html

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/24/college-majors-with-biggest -p ayoff_n_1827432.html

http://www.payscale.com/college-salary-report-2014/majors-that-pay-y ou -back

Clearly, lies, damned lies, and statistics.

The Muthaship:

Congrats, Kristoph!  You annoyed an English major so much they created a whole new account just to pat your head!

And here I thought I was done getting presents for Christmas.
 
2013-12-26 08:50:26 AM

Solutare: Kristoph57: DubyaHater: It's over. Post this next year.

It brings a small bit of comfort to all those English majors out there who are employed by Starbucks.. that some day they could be a PhD in Linguistics and spend their days writing books no one will read, and surviving day to day by writing articles only English majors will read.

You must have never looked at the statistics. English majors are no longer among the lowest earners (indeed, they never were). Do try to keep up.


Lol sandwich artists.
 
2013-12-26 08:51:10 AM

GCD: I'll toss this in here...

I always thought that the lyrics to Joy To The World were

"Joy to the World , the Lord is come!
Let earth receive her King;
Let every heart prepare His doom"


Soo, the Lord IS come.  So when I say Oh, God. Oh, God, it's redundant to say I'm coming?
 
2013-12-26 08:53:09 AM
/Tissues full of the spirit.
 
2013-12-26 08:58:03 AM

Solutare: Kristoph57: DubyaHater: It's over. Post this next year.

It brings a small bit of comfort to all those English majors out there who are employed by Starbucks.. that some day they could be a PhD in Linguistics and spend their days writing books no one will read, and surviving day to day by writing articles only English majors will read.

You must have never looked at the statistics. English majors are no longer among the lowest earners (indeed, they never were). Do try to keep up.


i.huffpost.com

Frowns upon your shenanigans.
 
2013-12-26 09:02:38 AM
So, with Christmas done and boxed up for next year, a couple questions:


* Who is telling "scary ghost stories" for Christmas?

* Who was Christ's lady with whom he sailed 3 ships on Christmas Day?
 
2013-12-26 09:07:31 AM

Kristoph57: Solutare:

You must have never looked at the statistics. English majors are no longer among the lowest earners (indeed, they never were). Do try to keep up.

 http://www.forbes.com/2009/08/02/college-degree-pay-careers-leaders hip -salaries.html

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/24/college-majors-with-biggest -p ayoff_n_1827432.html

http://www.payscale.com/college-salary-report-2014/majors-that-pay-y ou -back

Clearly, lies, damned lies, and statistics.


Like an English major understands statistics.
 
2013-12-26 09:08:34 AM
You're about 334 days too early for a thread about Christmas to be OK subby.
 
2013-12-26 09:11:21 AM
Weird I always thought it was Toll. Edumacation via Fark! Whoddathunk it!
 
2013-12-26 09:13:18 AM

EyeballKid: * Who is telling "scary ghost stories" for Christmas?


Charles Dickens.
 
2013-12-26 09:24:23 AM
Rockin around the Christmas Tree
Everyone's dancing merrily
in the "new" old fashioned way...

wait...huh?
 
2013-12-26 09:25:03 AM

DubyaHater: It's over. Post this next year.


Deep pan, crisp and even: Christmas 'za.
 
2013-12-26 10:54:28 AM

Grungehamster: vudukungfu: GCD: I'll toss this in here...

I always thought that the lyrics to Joy To The World were

"Joy to the World , the Lord is come!
Let earth receive her King;
Let every heart prepare His doom"

Round John virgin, smother the child. Chicken wings so tender and mild.

http://www.straightdope.com/columns/read/458/what-are-the-lyrics-to- wa lt-kellys-classic-carol-deck-us-all-with-boston-charlie


Walla Walla Wash, and Kalamazoo!
 
2013-12-26 11:34:35 AM
I wasn't even an English major and I knew these. I think the threshold should be "college student".
 
2013-12-26 11:55:19 AM

Hilary T. N. Seuss: For the longest time, I thought that the first two lines of We Three Kings were really awkwardly saying:

"We three kings of Orient are bearing gifts. We traverse afar."

Then I realized that the first line was a complete sentence -- "We three kings are of Orient" -- just rearranged. So poetic. And the second line is just a normal sentence, "Bearing gifts, we traverse afar" Duh.

Also, I can't count how many people make the second line: "Bearing gifts, we travel so far." That bugs me. You seriously don't know the word traverse?


We three kings of Orient are
Tried to smoke a rubber cigar
It was loaded, it exploded
Now we're on yonder star
 
2013-12-26 11:55:39 AM

EyeballKid: So, with Christmas done and boxed up for next year, a couple questions:


* Who is telling "scary ghost stories" for Christmas?

* Who was Christ's lady with whom he sailed 3 ships on Christmas Day?


A CHRISTMAS CAROL, you dolt!
 
2013-12-26 12:11:57 PM
Round young virgins.

cahill95ta.home.comcast.net
 
2013-12-26 12:20:25 PM

vudukungfu: GCD: I'll toss this in here...

I always thought that the lyrics to Joy To The World were

"Joy to the World , the Lord is come!
Let earth receive her King;
Let every heart prepare His doom"

Round John virgin, smother the child. Chicken wings so tender and mild.


Doughnuts, no beef, opossum...
 
2013-12-26 12:21:30 PM
It's crackers to slip a rozzer the dropsy in snide.
 
2013-12-26 12:24:24 PM
So is donning gay apparal some kind of dirty sex act or a hate crime?
 
2013-12-26 12:24:36 PM

DubyaHater: It's over. Post this next year.


nope, sorry. Christmas starts on Christmas day and lasts for 12. It's not over until January 2
 
2013-12-26 12:27:42 PM

The Muthaship: You annoyed an English major so much they created a whole new account just to pat your head!


At least I can read dates correctly.
 
2013-12-26 12:32:15 PM

Kristoph57: Clearly, lies, damned lies, and statistics.


From your last link:

Rank Major Starting Salary Mid-Career Salary
57 Nursing $55,400 $71,700
58 Environmental Science $41,300 $71,500
59 English Literature $40,800 $71,400
60 - tie Business Administration $43,500 $71,000
60 - tie History $39,700 $71,000

Seems to me like English majors are in good company.
 
2013-12-26 01:21:03 PM

Hilary T. N. Seuss: I've always wondered about the line: "Angels we have heard on high.."

On high what? What's high? The angels? You guys? Probably you guys.


CSS: I put together an arrangement of that song earlier this month for the community orchestra I'm involved in, and I accidentally titled it "Angels We Have Heard While High." Subconscious error? Everyone was amused and refused to let me change and reprint the score.
 
2013-12-26 01:44:37 PM
There's an unfortunate homonym in God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen's 2nd verse.

In Bethlehem in Jewry this blessed babe was born
And laid within a manger upon this blessed morn.
The which his mother Mary did nothing take in scorn
O tidings of comfort and joy, comfort and joy
O tidings of comfort and joy.
 
2013-12-26 01:50:38 PM
cdn2-b.examiner.com

"Barry Sad"
 
2013-12-26 02:22:35 PM

Moonfisher: Hilary T. N. Seuss: I've always wondered about the line: "Angels we have heard on high.."

On high what? What's high? The angels? You guys? Probably you guys.

CSS: I put together an arrangement of that song earlier this month for the community orchestra I'm involved in, and I accidentally titled it "Angels We Have Heard While High." Subconscious error? Everyone was amused and refused to let me change and reprint the score.


High on angel dust, of course.

"On high" sounds like a reference to the angels' exalted status or place in heaven, from a position of highness. These lyrics are mid 19th century English, back when they still had expressions nobody uses anymore. Just try and find me a modern pet or songwriter that uses "o'er."
 
2013-12-26 04:44:13 PM
Came for pictures of Gisele getting snogged, leaving disappointed.
 
2013-12-26 05:31:08 PM

Cerebral Knievel: DubyaHater: It's over. Post this next year.

nope, sorry. Christmas starts on Christmas day and lasts for 12. It's not over until January 2


Right reason, wrong 'rithmetic.  Christmastide ends on January 6, Epiphany....B^D
 
2013-12-26 08:15:44 PM

Kristoph57: Solutare:

You must have never looked at the statistics. English majors are no longer among the lowest earners (indeed, they never were). Do try to keep up.

 http://www.forbes.com/2009/08/02/college-degree-pay-careers-leaders hip -salaries.html

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/24/college-majors-with-biggest -p ayoff_n_1827432.html

http://www.payscale.com/college-salary-report-2014/majors-that-pay-y ou -back

Clearly, lies, damned lies, and statistics.

The Muthaship:

Congrats, Kristoph!  You annoyed an English major so much they created a whole new account just to pat your head!

And here I thought I was done getting presents for Christmas.


Yeah, one of my best friends was an English major, and now pulls 6 figures as a content editor at a major marketing firm
 
2013-12-26 09:26:51 PM

Billy Liar: Cerebral Knievel: DubyaHater: It's over. Post this next year.

nope, sorry. Christmas starts on Christmas day and lasts for 12. It's not over until January 2

Right reason, wrong 'rithmetic.  Christmastide ends on January 6, Epiphany....B^D


yes, I was mobile, rushed, and looking at a bad calender when I made that post.


In any case.. It is considered very bad luck amongst.. my people.. to take down any christmas decorations until at LEAST the new years day for those reasons...

Christmas is not over untill 12 days after christmas.day. you can biatch all you want about not liking christmas music and christmas in general, but you do not get to start saying it's over on the 26th and tearing it all down. THERE ARE RULES PEOPLE!!!!
 
2013-12-27 05:28:49 PM

Grungehamster: FTFA: According to the OED, one of the meanings of "troll," in use since the 16th century, is "to sing in a full, rolling voice; to chant merrily or jovially."

The Trololo Song suddenly is amusing again.


Yes, the Trololo dude is, in fact, trolling.
 
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