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Opera ... just shouting isn't it ?

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britishsm
848210.  Mon Sep 19, 2011 7:59 am Reply with quote

on a recent trip to London as part of the "Open Houses" we visited Handels house (just off of Bond Street).

Where my mother saw (and has now taken as fact) the etymology that the songs were loud and boisterous and the "speaking" was shouting and to this entertainment was attached the moniker "Uproars" which mutated into "Opera" ...

I've put everything I can find on the internet showing that Opera is plural of Opus - latin for Work ... Magnum Opus - Great Work - Opera - Works.

why does folk etymology always seem more attractive .... ?

*sighs*

B.

 
bobwilson
848500.  Mon Sep 19, 2011 10:43 pm Reply with quote

I'm more inclined to believe your mother and think that the Opus story is a back formation.

 
tetsabb
848585.  Tue Sep 20, 2011 6:35 am Reply with quote

Except that, as far as I know, the word ''Opera" is used across Europe in all languages to describe sung drama.

 
'yorz
848840.  Wed Sep 21, 2011 3:29 am Reply with quote

Just across Europe? Sic transit opera mundi

 
Brickie
848856.  Wed Sep 21, 2011 5:10 am Reply with quote

"Listening to Pavarotti in a van makes you puke wherever you are"?

 
Spud McLaren
849027.  Wed Sep 21, 2011 3:07 pm Reply with quote

It was getting Pavarotti into the van that was the difficult part...

 
'yorz
849030.  Wed Sep 21, 2011 3:12 pm Reply with quote

A van is an elastic concept.

 
Spud McLaren
849035.  Wed Sep 21, 2011 3:24 pm Reply with quote

It would bloody need to be.

 
'yorz
849037.  Wed Sep 21, 2011 3:25 pm Reply with quote

KY gel?

 
Bondee
850026.  Sun Sep 25, 2011 9:28 am Reply with quote

'yorz wrote:
KY gel?


sjb? How could she help?

 
'yorz
850041.  Sun Sep 25, 2011 10:18 am Reply with quote

sjb equals KY gel? The mind boggles.

 
Spud McLaren
850048.  Sun Sep 25, 2011 10:35 am Reply with quote

Bondee wrote:
'yorz wrote:
KY gel?


sjb? How could she help?
Sharp, Bondee - sharp.

 
sjb
850055.  Sun Sep 25, 2011 10:50 am Reply with quote

Ask any one. I'm brilliant at fitting large objects in small spaces.

 
'yorz
850061.  Sun Sep 25, 2011 11:06 am Reply with quote

O dear. You're asking for it, lass.
How's the old legs, by the way?

 
Bondee
850067.  Sun Sep 25, 2011 11:17 am Reply with quote

'yorz wrote:
sjb equals KY gel? The mind boggles.


KY being the abbreviation for Kentucky, "gel" being an alternative spelling/pronunciation of "girl".

 

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