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GUEST,Tom Bliss Is traditional song finished? (621* d) RE: Is traditional song finished? 10 Mar 10

Nice one.

I've used this with Jim before to no avail, but I'm really really hoping for a breakthrough this time, because I desperately need some light relief from this film I'm making about Armageddon.


Once up on a time the word 'mouse' only described a small furry creature.

Then, by association, it began to describe a colour - specially of hair.

Saying someone had 'mousy' hair did not mean you thought they literally were a small rodent. And it began to describe a character too.

Then many, many years later someone was looking for a word to describe a new computer pointing device they had invented. It looked a bit like a mouse, so they co-opted the word. They changed the language - deliberately - but they were not fascists or tyrants. They chose a word, (probably as a joke initially) which had one meaning and applied it to another meaning, and it caught on. If it hadn't caught on, it would not have changed the language, but it did. (Advertising may have had something to do with that, but then it often does).

Now most of us use the word mouse to refer to that thing in your hand now far more often than we do to refer to a small rodent.

When we say 'plug in the mouse' we don't mean bodge a small furry animal into the USB port (or not usually, anyway).

By EXACTLY the same token, someone who calls Annie's Song a Folk Song is not saying it conforms to the 54 definition. They are just using - borrowing, if you must - a word that used to mean only one thing for a second purpose.

Jim . Do you follow this one?

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