What words did you learn from songs? I learned laxative and libido from Nirvana, dildo from Beck.
Jafadannaashushushanata, from Cocteau Twins
Mars Volta taught me sobriquet and phlegmatic
colostomy, Paul McCartney
dyke, ‘Fuck With Dre Day’ Dr. Dre
“S & M” –Frank Zappa
legerdemain – Guided By Voices…
Holy shit, you’re young. My son is learning dildo from Grand Theft Auto.
He pronounces it dildoo.
I love this interactive stuff.
Enema, from Batdance/Batman. And beaver (the other meaning) from Dope Man. Actually, lots of lovely words from NWA.
scaramouche from queen
hare krishna from george harrison
The Jack. It’s a euphemism for Gonorrhea. Thank you Bon Scott, and AC/DC.
andrew bird taught me a whole slew of words.
I just last night learned the word arginare. Italian for “to keep in check.”
querulous, The Mr. T Experience
myxomatosis – Radiohead
catalpa – REM
balalaika – The Beatles
crunk, hateration, toleration – Mary J Blige
Feliz Navidad, Prospero Año y Felicidad! – Jose Feliciano!
– by John Cage
ken taught me words like “pregnant” and “secret”
No Bad Religion love yet? Lascivious, misanthrope… I learned more words from Greg graffin than I ever did with any vocabulary quiz
i learned what bleach was from nirvana, when i was like 10
I learnt pusillanimous from the Rutles.
i learned a lot of spanish slang from listening to “manic hispanic.”
things like “heina” “chalez” “chingasos” and “chonis”
my girlfriend is pretty fluent in spanish but it is all book learning. i communicate better with the hispanics here than she does because i know the street vernacular.
oh and probably i learned a lot of words from “MOD” back when i was really young.
“bloodclots the size of basketballs”
ay chele no mames…
I learned my favorite Portuguese word from a song by Kid Abelha: saudade. They claim that it doesn’t have any one translation in English, but I think “longing” is a good translation.
and pennyroyal tea
That’s a good one.
“sales climb high through the garbage pail sky like a giant dildo crushing the sun”
i learned “revenant” from the distillers.