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Question of the Day: Lyrics That Send You to the Dictionary

by Corny O'Connell
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"Lazaretto" the title track to Jack White's latest release had me checking the dictionary for its definition (an institution for those with contagious diseases). Has a word in a lyric ever had you searching your brain or the dictionary for its meaning? Let us know in the comments below and we'll go to school with a set after 9am.

Here's what we played:

Simon and Garfunkel "A Simple Desultory Philippic"  Definition: An aimless rant

Squeeze "In Quintessence" Definition: The essence of a thing in its purest and most concentrated form

The Rolling Stones "Shattered" Schmatta: Yiddish for tattered clothes, rags

Andrew Bird "Imitosis" A made-up word for the song

 

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