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Re: Henny Penny

#741 Post by animist » May 31st, 2012, 2:37 pm

Latest post of the previous page:

Emma Woolgatherer wrote:The stress difference doesn't necessarily matter on its own. MancUnian bAnk union worked fine, because the stress difference wasn't huge, and the vowel sounds matched. It would work in a poem, and especially in a song, where stresses tend to get flattened out by the imposed rhythm of the tune. In this case, though, there's a much greater stress difference, such that each unstressed vowel becomes a schwa (ə), which doesn't match the corresponding vowel sound in the other part of the rhyme. So it wouldn't work in a poem or a song. When both syllables are unstressed it doesn't matter if the vowels are different (as in "Boris cope horoscope"), but there's no way an unstressed "əss" rhymes with a stressed "ess", or an unstressed "ənt" rhymes with a stressed "ent". We had the same problem with "Handle a bra candelabra", where we have an unstressed ə failing twice to rhyme with a stressed ah. And before that there was "Drop a cat a petal, Popocatépetl", but the way most of us mispronounce the last word actually gives us a perfect rhyme.

I confess I've been quite lax about all this hitherto. But I think it's worth considering, as it does make clues much harder to get.

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I notice that the examples of stress mismatches are all mine - so do you always make sure that your stresses as well as your vowel sounds match? I imagine somehow that you do :D. "Handle a bra candelabra" - I see what you mean, but I suppose I feel that the slight mismatch makes for comic effect - the tin can one was a descent too far, I agree! Maybe you should give a mark out of ten each time :laughter:

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Re: Henny Penny

#742 Post by animist » June 1st, 2012, 8:52 am

I am so proud of my latest HP effort - not only does it follow the rules, I think, but it has a religious connotation - that I am breaking etiquette to offer it now:

Ennikinsity Penni kinsi ty: spread good news about destroying sticky mess in bed

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Re: Henny Penny

#743 Post by Emma Woolgatherer » June 2nd, 2012, 11:17 am

Is it evangelical divan jelly cull?

If so ...

(No, no, I mustn't! :D )

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Re: Henny Penny

#744 Post by animist » June 2nd, 2012, 11:48 am

Emma Woolgatherer wrote:Is it evangelical divan jelly cull?

If so ...

(No, no, I mustn't! :D )
excellent! And yes you may - I am not quite as proud now, since "cull" is not a perfect rhyme for "al". I shall now retire pro tem in anticipation of two perfect rhymes from you!
(later) I dare say you were also going to note that "divan" and "evan" ain't absolutely perfect! I am afraid this is as good as I get - and I do find these silly long ones more fun than the short ones, even if there are imperfections :wink:
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#745 Post by Tetenterre » June 2nd, 2012, 1:11 pm

Oh good. It's with some relief that I now realise that you weren't having "-ism" as 2 syllables, leading me to an entirely different source for the "sticky mess in bed" :D
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Re: Henny Penny

#746 Post by Emma Woolgatherer » June 3rd, 2012, 11:47 am

That last one was close enough, animist. They don't have to be perfect, and I certainly wouldn't want to spoil the fun! Also, on reflection, I think that as long as you have something that rhymes in somebody's accent, you're all right. Some people pronounce "cull" as something pretty close to "cəl".

Henni keal Pennikeal: Put a match to signal-strengthening device in a theatrical manner

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Re: Henny Penny

#747 Post by animist » June 3rd, 2012, 12:01 pm

Emma Woolgatherer wrote:That last one was close enough, animist. They don't have to be perfect, and I certainly wouldn't want to spoil the fun! Also, on reflection, I think that as long as you have something that rhymes in somebody's accent, you're all right. Some people pronounce "cull" as something pretty close to "cəl".

Henni keal Pennikeal: Put a match to signal-strengthening device in a theatrical manner
camply fire amplifier?

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#748 Post by Emma Woolgatherer » June 3rd, 2012, 1:06 pm

Gosh. So fast. Your go.

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#749 Post by animist » June 3rd, 2012, 11:13 pm

think it is still your go, but walking in the rain made me come up with:

hennikinsy pennikinsy - "what a magnificent headland - coming into view now!"

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Re: Henny Penny

#750 Post by Emma Woolgatherer » June 10th, 2012, 10:33 am

promontory commentary?

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#751 Post by animist » June 10th, 2012, 10:35 am

Emma Woolgatherer wrote:promontory commentary?
yes!

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Re: Henny Penny

#752 Post by Emma Woolgatherer » June 11th, 2012, 1:47 pm

Hennikinsity Penni kinsity: Non-sequential history of an improvised dwelling.

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#753 Post by animist » June 13th, 2012, 2:00 pm

Emma Woolgatherer wrote:Hennikinsity Penni kinsity: Non-sequential history of an improvised dwelling.
this sounds a real beaut! The only things I am coming up with are bivouac (not really a dwelling) and hooch (plus achronology) - stone cold?

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Re: Henny Penny

#754 Post by Tetenterre » June 13th, 2012, 2:53 pm

I've played with "hooch", "shanty" and "favela" for that bit, and "discontinuous" and "unconsecutive" for the other -- getting precisely nowhere. New tack needed...
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Re: Henny Penny

#755 Post by Emma Woolgatherer » June 14th, 2012, 11:26 am

Tetenterre wrote:I've played with "hooch", "shanty" and "favela" for that bit, and "discontinuous" and "unconsecutive" for the other -- getting precisely nowhere. New tack needed...
Not entirely new tack. One of those words is the "Penni". And of course it could be only one of them!

Clue: it's a bit of a contradiction in terms.

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Re: Henny Penny

#756 Post by Emma Woolgatherer » June 14th, 2012, 11:28 am

animist wrote:The only things I am coming up with are bivouac (not really a dwelling) and hooch (plus achronology) - stone cold?
No. Not entirely cold. There's a nice warm syllable in there somewhere.

There. Between you you should get it!

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Re: Henny Penny

#757 Post by Tetenterre » June 14th, 2012, 2:50 pm

Antichronical shanty chronicle?

Later edit: Just realised that this is probably confirmed if your "warm syllable" is "chron", so a nice easy one to be getting on with:

Pen Pen: The frequency of pains?
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Re: Henny Penny

#758 Post by animist » June 14th, 2012, 4:11 pm

hurts Hertz


henni kinsy pennikinsy - flowing oriental conducts archaic and bloody test for murder

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Re: Henny Penny

#759 Post by animist » June 28th, 2012, 5:54 pm

animist wrote:hurts Hertz


henni kinsy pennikinsy - flowing oriental conducts archaic and bloody test for murder
this seems to be causing problems - the pennikinsy is a word I only learnt from reading the wiki article on the Malleus Maleficarum

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Re: Henny Penny

#760 Post by Tetenterre » July 1st, 2012, 11:02 am

fluent Asian cruentation ?
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Re: Henny Penny

#761 Post by animist » July 1st, 2012, 11:05 am

Tetenterre wrote:fluent Asian cruentation ?
:clap:

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