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Homographs, Homonyns, Heteronyms

Jeff, a junior-high band director from Lafayette, Indiana, led a spring concert as part of the Bernstein at 100 celebration featuring work by Leonard Bernstein (pronounced BERN-stine or ?bərnstʌɪn) as well as composer Elmer Bernstein (pronounced...

Tattoo Music Exclamation

Rodney in Suffolk, Virginia, is interested in the word tattoo. His grandmother didn’t use it to mean skin art. She used it to rave about seeing a great concert or band: “It was just such a wonderful tattoo!” It might have something to do with a...

Carnegie

How do you pronounce the name Carnegie? The Scottish industrialist and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie, pronounced it with an accent on the second syllable, as his namesake the Carnegie Corporation of New York takes pains to make clear. Good luck...

Beach Boys Game

Our Quiz Master John Chaneski has a seasonally appropriate game based on the first concert he ever attended: The Beach Boys’ “Eternal Summer.” This is part of a complete episode.

locked

locked  adj.— «Even though the main concert seems overly “locked,” to use a theatrical term, there are enough nice punch lines here, as well as the often brilliant extras, to entertain most comedy lovers.» —“Rita Rudner:...

bathroom song

bathroom song  n.— «There are smart and stupid times to visit a public restroom. A stupid time would be at an oldies concert, when someone like Paul McCartney says, “Here’s a song from my new album.” In the concert trade, those...

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