Each day it is getting harder and harder to find time to type this thing, as I have school now and homework and other things that I have or want to do. So I find myself writing this at times that I should be getting to sleep yet am too awake to actually do that. Not that I mind because what else would I do when bored and wide awake in bed? Sure, my level of concentration has slightly decreased since this morning or afternoon or whenever it was better than now, but I'm still capable of putting as much nonsense or random thought on this screen as I want. As I had a class about the theory of music today, and have also just come back from flutelessons, I found it suitable to discuss something musical today. Not that I really looked at the meaning of the word before deciding I was going to talk about it, but let's call it a nice coincidence that my day and this term are related somehow. All the more reason to tell you about what I have done today besides watching sites and reading a book. (The Noughts and Crosses trilogy -which consists of four books actually- for anyone curious or just wanting to read something good)
When I saw this term in the dictionary, I couldn't help but laugh at the lame attempt of giving people a stroke. Seriously, how are you ever stupid enough to imagine a word like this if you don't do it for the pleasure of people mispronounce it, and getting all spastic in order to say it and/or understand the meaning. Because wait for it... here comes the useless definition that keeps on going and keeps on being absolutely useless if you didn't already understand what it meant in the first place. For fun's sake, I kept on looking up the terms as they came until the dictionary would give me a meaningful description, which it never did..
Hemidemisemiquaver is a musical note (ok till this point) with the time value of half a demisemiquaver. What have we learned from this? Nothing really. Seeing the logic, I had expected to have to continue until the phrase "quaver", but let's see. A demisemiquaver is half a semiquaver, which is half a quaver. (Still acceptable till this point, don't you think?) A quaver is half a crotchet. (A what? You've got to be kidding, yet another term?) Anyway, a crotchet is half a minim, which is half a semibreve, which is half a breve.
A breve is a note with the time value of two minims (No kidding?) or four crotchets (Really?), represented by a ring with no stem. I don't really believe the writers of the Oxford Compact etc. are actually aware of what nonsense they are putting down. How is anyone who doesn't understand music going to ever understand what I've just written? And all I've figured out now is that a hemidemisemiquaver is a half half half half half half half breve. (Yes, 7 times "half") When I went and looked it up on the internet, dear old reliable Wikipedia told me that the term was British-English, and that the Americans (whose language I normally don't prefer) have made it so very easy and understandable.
In American terms, semibreve is a whole note. Ok, let's take the normal whole note as the starting point just as the Americans (and any other country, looking at what the translations are) have done. A hemidemisemiquaver in normal spoken and understood language, is actually a sixty-fourth note. Really, is it that simple? This much more logical word tells us immediately that there would fit 64 of those hemithings in one whole note. There, I'm done.
This is and probably will ever be the first and last time that I say: "Congrats America, you have done well in using your language. For all the other nouns, verbs etc I will still be using the British English words, spelling and pronunciation but on musical terms regarding the fact that people should understand more than admire the words, well done!" (This is a very rare moment, you all, make sure you will never forget it ;) )
And now I'm bored again, Goodbye..