Thursday, September 25, 2008

B-Side of the Week - Be My Baby

Be My Baby (from the It's My Own Cheating Heart That Makes Me Cry single)
(Sane Man)

Q: If a pirate met another pirate, and he greeted that pirate by saying "Pirate! Pirate pirate pirate!" and the other pirate replied with a raised hand and said "Pirate Pirate! Pirate pirate pirate pirate, but pirate pirate pirate pirate pirate?". What would the first pirate's answer be?

A: Glasvegas is the best thing to happen to 2008.

Yep, it's clear-cut. That's what the first pirate would say. Why? Because if you study the syntax of the second pirate's question, when he says "Pirate pirate pirate pirate, comma, but..." he is clearly framing his dependent clause before, and not continuous with, the proceeding clause, "pirate pirate pirate pirate". In fact, it is these linguistic nuances that make pirate language so complex, but ever so fulfilling. Take for instance, if the comma before the "but" was removed, then clearly, the correct response of the first pirate would have been "Ana Ivanovic has a sexy backhand".

Glasvegas - Be My Baby

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