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Posted By: Don Firth
19-Feb-02 - 05:23 PM
Thread Name: Sound Of Pear-Shaped Tones
Subject: RE: Sound Of Pear-Shaped Tones
Dunno. I couldn't find it at all in the Oxford English Dictionary, but it seems that "pear-shaped" is an adjective used for a wide variety of things in addition to sung or spoken tones: a particular diamond-cut, something going awry (?), or anything shaped like a pear (such as a hot air balloon or the state of one's physical condition). But in reference to singing or speaking, it had to start someplace. Some opera singer of days gone by, perhaps? Curious.

Don Firth