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Song Parodies -> "It's 'e.g.'"

Original Song Title:

"Let It Be"

Original Performer:

The Beatles

Parody Song Title:

"It's 'e.g.'"

Parody Written by:

Phil Alexander

The Lyrics

Another in Phil's "Teach the nation" series of educational parodies... this one's on the difference between "e.g." (for example) and "i.e." (for instance).
When I give one, two or more examples
The letters that precede must be
Written words of wisdom: it's "e.g."
e.g. I mention doggies,
And I want to show a dog or three
I'll use "for example", it's "e.g."
It's "e.g.", it's "e.g.", it's "e.g.", it's "e.g."
When you're giving examples, it's "e.g."

But when the first thing that you write is
But one in a potpourri
Then, you see, the answer, is "i.e."
e.g. what gives me delight is
News or sport or Casualty
i.e. things on telly, it's "i.e."
It's "i.e.", it's "i.e.", it's "i.e.", it's "i.e."
For instance is the answer, it's "i.e."

I'm glad I'm not an English teacher
It's always seemed so clear to me
When to use examples, i.e. "e.g."
But when I read the English textbook
Muddled logic's all I see
What the heck's the problem with e.g.?
It's "e.g." or "i.e.", yep, "e.g." or "i.e."
Have you worked out the answer? One of these..
It's "e.g." or "i.e.", yep, "e.g." or "i.e."
What's the "e.g." problem with "i.e."?

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Pacing: 4.9
How Funny: 4.9
Overall Rating: 4.9

Total Votes: 11

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Ravyn Rant - September 03, 2004 - Report this comment
Fives from a former English major!
Johnny D - September 03, 2004 - Report this comment
To award this parody the highest rating (i.e., fives), one must vote using integers higher than 4 (e.g, fives).
Guy - September 03, 2004 - Report this comment
I dunno, it seemed pretty E-G to me.
Arwen - September 03, 2004 - Report this comment
This one made me smile, Phil! 5s...
Billy Florio - September 03, 2004 - Report this comment
Youve confused the hell out of me, but thats not gonna stop me from giving all fives..great job
alvin rhodes - September 03, 2004 - Report this comment
thanks for clearing that up....funny one...5s
Know 1 can hear you dream - September 05, 2004 - Report this comment
I think IŽll keep on avoiding them both...
Peregrin - September 06, 2004 - Report this comment
I.c., it's very e.z. to me now! Well done Phil!
Wade A. Sekund - October 06, 2007 - Report this comment
i.e. means "that is" not "for instance".

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