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Song Parodies -> "Squirl? (pt. 2 Pippin's reply & counter-complaint)"

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The Beatles

Parody Song Title:

"Squirl? (pt. 2 Pippin's reply & counter-complaint)"

Parody Written by:

Merry & Pippin

The Lyrics

Arising from a typical debate between M&P regarding how many syllables a given word contains (these are the sort of earth-shattering things that plague a writing duo) - we bring you the case for "Squirrel' equals two syllables (hence the Part "2'). Please read the parody for the diametrically opposed case which was also released today. If you do not know the OS, a low bit-rate MP3 can be found here
Is our Merry out there going to listen to my story
All about Squir-rel, whose name you say ?
See, I find that 'Squirl' sounds mis-pronounced
It makes me worry
Syllables reduced, one's gone away
A Squirl ? Squirl ?!?

When I think of how it rhymes
With 'girl' I start to feel that
"'Mer'can English" Microsoft's applied...
And she justifies the word to me
Straight-faced, believe it...
Can I just assume her humour's wry ?
Ah, girl!... Squirl ???

When I'm hearing 'squirl' my face it frowns
When syllables don't number two-oo
When she says she's talking good
She cracks, 'cos I've misunderstood
Gets cool, cool, cool, cool
Squirl ! SQUIRL !!!!

When I count them one by one
I state with glee "Eight letters"
Diction' it also said...
It demands that : Break three back
From end of word is there to
Kill this silly argument stone dead
A squirl ! Squirl ? Squirl ??

Guitar solo : Picture the word Squir-rel with an outraged Meriadoc bouncing ball emoticon, alternating between each syllable in time to the beat...

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Pacing: 5.0
How Funny: 5.0
Overall Rating: 4.8

Total Votes: 16

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John Barry - February 02, 2007 - Report this comment
It does have two syllables: tree rat. Fives for two.
alvin rhodes - February 02, 2007 - Report this comment
i must fess up to being one of the people who pronounce it as one syllable...i saw one this morning
Stuart McArthur - February 02, 2007 - Report this comment
hilarious, you two - have a bee-er (2 syllables) on me, Pippin - 555
mandamoo - February 02, 2007 - Report this comment
Potato, potarto, tomeighto, tomarto...
I wanna know who won ? :)
Red Ant - February 02, 2007 - Report this comment
It still can go either way, but it depends on the OS and how fast the lyrics are sung. Also, pronouncing "squirrel" as one syllable is like pronouncing "strengths" (anyone know a word that contains more than 5 consonants in a row?) - it doesn't roll of the tongue too easily. In everyday conversation though, it is one syllable. I think Merry wins this round, though your scores are identical. =)
Peregrin - February 02, 2007 - Report this comment
I'm sure it wasn't me !!! - ha ha - Let's just say that 'right' won ;-p
Peregrin - February 02, 2007 - Report this comment
RA, I have one comment ! "Diction"-ary ! Muwahahah ;-p
Rex - February 02, 2007 - Report this comment
Excellent parody, but in Arkansas it's pronounced "dinner".
Below Average Dave - February 02, 2007 - Report this comment
Merry & Pippin, you guys know your own strength, you don't really have to back it up. ..but good parody, 555 without a doubt.
Adagio - February 02, 2007 - Report this comment
Squirls they be a flyin' lol 5's
Pronunciation Police - February 02, 2007 - Report this comment
From the Hyperdictionary: "Pronunciation: 'skwurul" Hmmm that's TWO syllables it seems!! Peregrin, you win!
wandlimb - February 03, 2007 - Report this comment
"Can I just assume her humour's wry ?" This is probably the safest bet... (pssst, tho', personally, I'm with you on this one).
malcolm higgins - February 05, 2007 - Report this comment
fatass-pooty 5-5-5 again. just for the exhausting thought
Dirty Harry's Partner (which makes him a soon-to-be-dead Turtle) - October 06, 2012 - Report this comment
(Please read reply to Part 1 first!)

First of all, it should be noted that in the Deep South of the US, "God" has *three* syllables in it, which renders most other similar debates moot. ;-)

This is one of those delicious words like "iron", where, if you look through enough dictionaries, you can find at least one that supports one syl. and one that supports two. Which gives a "Fielder's Choice", as they say in baseball, and a *very* useful tool for pacing-conscious parodists! (Remember them? ;)

Here come da Judge! Here come da Judge!
  Verdict: You're both right. It's a draw -- and a funny one.

This *is* one of the difficulties of collaboration, but for a (facetious) way of settling them, Merry should see that which Pip hath already seen:
Peregrin - October 06, 2012 - Report this comment
"Here come da Judge! Here come da Judge! Verdict: You're both right. It's a draw"

Ye Gods! A fence sitter of the most heinous order! I wanna re-trial...
Meriadoc - October 06, 2012 - Report this comment
Can you picture a turtle balancing on a fence?
Certs is a candy mint! Certs is a breath mint! Stop! You're Both Right! - October 07, 2012 - Report this comment
(verry old commercial in the US; self-explanatory; not room in the Name field to include the trademark symbol for the brand name, Certs™.   ;)

WHAT fence-sitting? Dictionaries, authorities of ultimate stature, in overall meta-survey, allow either 1 or 2. Cf. f/n [6] in Friday's "A Rack Of D-Awesome" etc. Dictionary allows either three or four syls for "miniature", and *both are correct*. So the parodist gets to choose which to use.

Also interesting (to us word freaks) is that while it seems the US is the side most likely to shorten "squirrel" to one syl, the Brits chop a syllable off of "military", secretary", and probably every other word that ends in "tary". And, apparently, even "dysentery - disent'ry". (sheesh)

Got in a bit of a pacing twist with a UK writer a long time ago, from whence came the knowledge of the elision of that final vowel UK/CW. Take advantage of your counter-hemispherical linguistics, and feel free to use either US or BR pacings as fits the song. Or non-national variables, too, as in "miniature".

Supreme Court of the United States of Aturtlah, in re: MERIADOC v. PEREGRIN, 2012:
Ruling of the lower court is affirmed and strengthened: It is, in fact, a win-win.

(bangs gavel) Court is adjourned. Now, stop that petty squabbling and get back to writing!
Meriadoc - October 09, 2012 - Report this comment
Thanks for your diplomacy Tommy! ;)
Tommy Turtle - October 09, 2012 - Report this comment
Merry, I'll overlook the insult: Diplomacy is based on lies. (heh heh j/k!) ... btw, did you like (or catch) the "private joke" (compliment) in Pt. 1, from Dirty Harry?
Meriadoc - October 09, 2012 - Report this comment
Never watched Dirty Harry, so it went over my head I am afraid. I loved the Certs reference however. Not only do I remember it, but at work, whenever I find myself with two like objects in my hands I am often banging them together like that (carrying boxes of tissues: "Two! Two! Two Puffs in one!") My co-workers think I am daft I suspect. Their sense of humor runs to the literal and has no room for either the cerebral or the silly...
Tommy Turtle - October 10, 2012 - Report this comment
My sense of humor has no room for the literal (unless there's a "c" before it, heh heh!), but being amphibious, there *is* room for the littoral.

DH was a classic, reflecting the backlash from the 1960's Supreme Court under CJ Earl Warren continually enlarging suspects' rights and limiting police powers and techniques (sometimes correctly so; sometimes going too far). Harry was a SFPD detective who tended to bend the rules to catch psychopathic killers. Some interesting ethical issues raised there, but that's probably better suited to e-mail if you're truly interested. Or not.

In an early scene, Harry is munching on a hot dog and happens to witness an armed robbery. He gets in a gunfight with the robber, who has a shotgun. After some number of rounds have been fired on each side, Harry gets the jump on the guy, who is lying on the street, considering reaching for his shotgun as Harry stands over him holding his six-shot revolver, a .44-calibre Magnum. Harry says,

  "I know what you're thinking. "Did he fire six shots or only five?" Well, to tell you the truth, in all this excitement I kind of lost track myself. But being as this is a .44 Magnum, the most powerful handgun in the world, and would blow your head clean off, you've got to ask yourself one question: Do I feel lucky? Well, do ya, punk?"

No spoilers, in case you ever decide to watch it. The private joke was in "punk". (Check the strange calligraphy of the word.)

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