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The Logovore's Dilemma

hosted by Tom Jones  //  Monday at 3p est´╗┐

"The Logovore's Dilemma is a show about words and music...and words.  The words and music might be jazz or blues from the 1920s, classic psychedelia from the '60s and 70s, folk or funk or pop or rock & roll or Clara Rockmore, the queen of the Theremin. Or not. Each week I also explore the mystery and majesty of our glorious English language in all its pomp and perversity.  Audience participation is encouraged, so please come join me."  - tj


"Cap That Haiku": A Logovoracious poetry contest.

As you know, earworms come in all shapes and sizes.  A few days ago I got this one stuck in there: "Milk milk lemonade; round the corner fudge is made" which is a bit of pre-adolescent doggerel I've known since those dear distant days when I was a pre-adolescent myself.  As it happens, it also follows the form of the first two lines of a haiku, a classic Japanese short poem consisting of a line of five syllables, a line of seven, and another line of five. (I note that usually the lines do not rhyme, but I think they may do so without violating the convention of the form).  So my challenge to you is this: write the last line.  Your line must be five syllables long, but other than that you're on your own.  Be creative.  Be poetic.  Be funny, if you wish.  I will select the best entry, and if it's yours, you will be given the opportunity to select all the music for a future episode of The Logovore's D.  All entries must be sent by August 15, 2010.  I'll announce the winner on TLD the next day.  So don't delay--flex those creative muscles and cap that haiku!  Send your entry to me at: logovore@gmail.com.  Good luck!


It's summer vacation time, and TLD is having a hard time focusing on things philological. So if you have a language-related question, now would be the time to pass it along, either in this space or by e-mail (logovore@gmail.com). No query is too thorny for the Logovore.  If I don't know the answer, I'd be glad to make something up. In the meantime, in-between time, ain't we got fun?  Today, a record I've been looking for ever since I wore out my vinyl copy, and brand-new Laurie Anderson. Not the one for dogs.


Today, a linguistic history lesson, a grammatical conundrum and musical roots and branches shooting out in all directions. Plus my all-time favorite segue. The Logovore's Dilemma--education you can dance to!


No school today!  The Logovore's D. celebrates Memorial Day with all kindsa music.  I'll also try for the 1st time to interact with y'all via the internets.  Leave your comments here, and we'll talk, if I can figure out how to do it--this tech stuff is fun, but confusing.  Be gentle with me.

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