Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Tuesday Tune (Vol 22)

Today's Tuesday Tune is brought to you by Bollywood and portmanteaus.

A portmanteau is a word created by the blending of two words. Examples include: mimsy (flimsy+miserable), smog (smoke+fog and very fitting for weeks like this one along the Wasatch Front), internet (international+net), brunch (breakfast+lunch), sqawk (squall+sqeak), napalm (napthene+palmitate) gerrymander (oooh this is a good one - Gerry+Salamander after Eldridge Gerry), stagflation (stagnate+inflation), modem (modulator+demodulator), pixel (pix+element), rockumentary (rock+documentary), emoticon (emotion+icon), slanguage (slang+language), spam (spiced+ham), chortle (chuck+snort) and finally we have Hinglish (Hindi+English).

I could do this all day - this discovering of words that are portmanteaus. But it's Christmas and I don't have all day for portmanteaus.

Portmanteaus are also used to portray the joining of two people in a relationship. Examples include Brangelina (Brad+Angelina), Ragen (Rabid+Megan), and Rabouse (Rabid+Spouse.)

Lewis Carroll has a poem of magnanimus (magnus great+animus soul) portmantocity (portmanteau+ferocity.) It's an excerpt from Through The Looking Glass. Here it is, if'n you're interested. If not, skip it and get to the meat of this post.

The Jabberwocky - by Lewis Carroll

‘Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
Did gyre and gimble in the wabe;
All mimsy were the borogoves,
And the mome raths outgrabe.

“Beware the Jabberwock, my son!
The jaws that bite, the claws that catch!
Beware the Jubjub bird, and shun
The frumious Bandersnatch!”

He took his vorpal sword in hand;
Long time the manxome foe he sought—
So rested he by the Tumtum tree,
And stood awhile in thought.

And, as in uffish thought he stood,
The Jabberwock, with eyes of flame,
Came whiffling through the tulgey wood,
And burbled as it came!

One, two! One, two! And through and through
The vorpal blade went snicker-snack!
He left it dead, and with its head
He went galumphing back.

“And hast thou slain the Jabberwock?
Come to my arms, my beamish boy!
O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!”
He chortled in his joy.

‘Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
Did gyre and gimble in the wabe;
All mimsy were the borogoves,
And the mome raths outgrabe.

You can say that a portmanteau is like a music mashup for words. What's a music mashup? Come on!? You don't know what a music mashup is? A music mashup is a portmanteau - but with tunes. Got it? Good.

Now on to the Tuesday Tune.

While in India, we were escorted to the premier showing of a Bollywood movie called De Dana Dan. This film was in Hindi without English subtitles. Spouse and I were mostly lost. However, we were sandwiched between translators who helped us play along. Somewhat. And every time the hero was pushed into the water, we laughed. Because it was funny. Even in Hindi


This is a photo of the theater. It is brand spankin' new. And as is customary in the country of India, you walk through a metal detector and have your entire person and baggage searched. I had my Bossette camera with me because duh!? you don't leave that thing unattended. Ever. The Bollywood movie theater people would not let me in with the Bossette. So the Bossette stayed in the car and I had mild sweats over its absence.

For the record, if our Fine Country decides to take up similar security safeguards, I'm out of here. I will move to New Zealand with the sheep.

Bollywood, a portmanteau, is a film production company based in Mumbai. The term Bollywood refers to only one production company, not all films made in India. When Bollywood was established way back in 1913, its name came from a portmanteau of Hollywood and Bombay. (Bombay changed its name to Mumbai after the Brits were forced out. Or left. Whatever.)

Bollywood movies are known for their music video outbreaks. And flashy colors. And comedy. And beautiful Indian people.

And so it is with great pleasure that I introduce you to a tune called Paisa - the hit from De Dana Dan.


Lars said...

I thoroughly enjoyed this post. Music, fun words, and Lewis Carroll...what could be better?

Vera said...

Catchy tune, maybe Paula Abdul could assist in the dancing?

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