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    Why does poetry have to contain such unusual, hardly-ever-used words? Everyday words won't do?

    Like "lullaby"?
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    Any word you find poetic is good for me. Nothing wrong with lullaby.

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    (I hate it quite frankly, I just love the sound of the word.)

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    How about:

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    It's a word for all that rocky mess that gathers at the end of a glacier, but it's still a beautiful word.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Scheherazade View Post
    Why does poetry have to contain such unusual, hardly-ever-used words? Everyday words won't do?

    Like "lullaby"?

    What's unusual about lullaby?

    If you Google lullaby, you get about eleven million hits.

    As a comparison, duvet - a pretty mainstream word, I think - gets a little over six million, as does comforter. Bedstead falls short of a million, and eiderdown doesn't even hit two hundred thousand.

    I'm starting to enjoy this now. It's becoming a highly addictive vehicle for procrastination.

    Mattress - twenty million, making it twice as common as lullaby.

    Pillow case scores a mere three million, and nursery rhyme gets a paltry one point two million. Snoring racks up fewer than four million.

    I was talking to a journalist who reviews music for a national daily in the UK, and he was carping about Elvis Costello using the word porcelain in a song. His argument was that it was a wilfully obscure word that EC had only used because it rhymed.

    I was shocked. This educated literate guy had simply never come across the word before - and he found it hard to believe that anyone else had. But I think this was just an instance of random distribution - it just so happened that my friend and the word porcelain had never coincided.

    So maybe that's just the case with you, Sche, and lullaby - you've simply not encountered it. And as English is not your first language, why should you have, really?

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    Hi Mark,

    Whilst I enjoyed your dissertaion on the poularity of certain words, I don't think you quite grasped the point of Scher's remark. It is not a claim that Lullaby is an unusual word, it is the opposite in fact. If you take a peak at some of the words posted on the preceding page I think you'll get the point

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    Really? Oh, well. Sorry. In that case, ignore that entire post.

    Quote Originally Posted by Hawkman View Post
    Hi Mark,

    Whilst I enjoyed your dissertaion on the poularity of certain words, I don't think you quite grasped the point of Scher's remark. It is not a claim that Lullaby is an unusual word, it is the opposite in fact. If you take a peak at some of the words posted on the preceding page I think you'll get the point

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