Mudcat Café message #3543940 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #151691   Message #3543940
Posted By: GUEST,leeneia
31-Jul-13 - 11:06 AM
Thread Name: BS: $5 Word Contest...
Subject: RE: BS: $5 Word Contest...
Here's a musical one.

You know that song from "The Messiah,":

And he shall purify-y-y-y-y-y-y-y-y-y-y the sons of Levi."

Apparently you can sing all those extra syllables smoothly or by giving each one its own separate little puff of breath. That is called 'melismata.' It's harder to do.

We were going to sing that in choir, and the editor wrote "Melismata are extensional." I asked and was told that means you can do it either way. So that's my $5 word: extensional.