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Thread #24331   Message #277288
Posted By: CarolC
14-Aug-00 - 05:21 AM
Thread Name: BS: Is it a song if.........
Subject: Is it a song if.........
After posting my input to the thread about songs of summer, 2000, I realized that none of the pieces I listed had any words. I found myself wondering if they counted as songs if they had no words. My Webster's only lists one useage of the word "song" that doesn't include having words. "A distinctive or characteristic sound or series of sounds (as of a bird or insect)." Neither my Dictionary of Word Origins, nor my Encyclopedia of Word and Phrase Origins had anything useful to say. What do the learned people of the Mudcat have to say about this question?