Grammar Guru: Oops!

What do you say instead of “oops!” ?

* There appears to have been some sort of mistake.
* There appears to have been made some sort of mistake.
* There appears some sort of mistake has been made.

This is the silliest song Ella and Louis ever sang together, but it’s great singing on a bicycle. Try it!

  • take a spill – dabei hinfallen
  • take a bow – sich verbeugen
  • don’t let it get (to) you – mach dich deshalb nicht verrückt
  • nincompoop – Idiot
  • chops – Kiefer, Mund
  • buxomgroßbusig
  • to dig someone – jemanden mögen
  • truth to tell – um ehrlich zu sein

Oops, my heart went oops,
the moment that we met, my heart went oops,
I never will forget, my heart turned hoops,
the moment that I met you

oops, my feet went oops,
I nearly took a spill, my knees went oops,
they shook a bit until my head went oops,
you mustn’t let it get you

I was going for a very
you’d call it solitary sort of stroll
just a twiddle of my thumb
when I heard a lot of drums begin to pound and roar

and oops, my heart went oops,
it went into a spin of loop-di-loops
you must’ve thought me kin to nincompoops
the silly way I acted

of course you wouldn’t know,
that you were so a-glow, and I was so attracted
but baby take a bow
my heart is going oops right now


pops you are the tops
the moment that my eyes behold your chops
you lift me to the skies my heart flip-flops
you shouldn’t make it make like that

belle, my  buxom belle
I’m still in love with you coz, truth to tell,
you always kind of knew that we would gel
coz jam could never shake like that

I was going for a frantic
but completely unromantic sorta drive
but I knew you wouldn’t quit
when I dug you and you hit me with that old time jive
(sing it Ella)

then oops, my heart went oops
sitting on the stoops, the local droops
they nearly flipped their toops, I mean in groups
the silly way we acted

of course they couldn’t know
that you were so a-glow
and I was so attracted
yes baby take a bow,
my heart is going oops, oops, oops, oops, oops right now
oops, oops then

song of the week 🙂 englisch lernen mit liedern

Right-wing hate moves into the mainstream

The violence against elected officials by hate groups in the USA this past week was a real shocker. Racism and homophobia are penetrating into the mainstream. “Rage on the Right” is certainly nothing new, it’s long been a part of the right-wing militia movement, the militant wing of the “patriot movement” who say they are protecting civil liberties against a government they see as an enemy (see Rage on the Right, 2003.) But a new study just published, Rage on the Right: The Year in Hate and Extremism (summary here), shows that various streams are mingling.

Listen to this interview with the author of the new study, Mark Potok, on NPR. A survey on Republican political opinions shows that

  • 2/3 of Republicans think Obama is a socialist
  • 47% of Republicans believe the “birthers'” idea that Obama was not born in the US and is therefore not legally eligible for the Presidency
  • 38% say that Obama is doing some of the things Hitler did
  • 24% say he may be the Antichrist

Today, the face of the government is the face of a black man. That draws the anger, fear and frustration of the white racist militiant right. And coincidentally, the Democrats are losing support among white men. The next Republican presidential candidate, Sarah Palin, has the uncanny ability to play to exactly that crowd.

WWF Earth Hour

Tomorrow, Saturday, 8:30pm your local time, turn off the lights for an hour. Quiet time. Thinking time. Talking time. Or party time, whatever tickles your fancy. I’ve brought home two lovely candles for it. Earth Hour is an initiative by WWF.

The local lights out? FC Bayern München will play VfB Stuttgart and then it’ll be lights out at the Allianz Arena. One dark doughnut.

All the news of home just gives you the blues

WTF? “Senate Republicans succeeded early Thursday in forcing a change in a measure altering President Barack Obama’s newly enacted health care overhaul, meaning the bill will have to return to the House for final congressional approval.” How is that possible? It’s enacted. Something that is signed into law IS law. I just don’t get it. Deeply depressing. Joni, sing us a song of hope.

Joni Mitchell: California

Sitting in a park in Paris, France
Reading the news and it sure looks bad
They won’t give peace a chance
That was just a dream some of us had
Still a lot of lands to see
But I wouldn’t want to stay here
It’s too old and cold and settled in it’s ways here
Oh, but California
California I’m coming home
I’m going to see the folks I dig
I’ll even kiss a Sunset pig
California, when I get home

I met a redneck on a Grecian isle
Who did the goat dance very well
He gave me back my smile
But he kept my camera to sell
Oh the rogue, the red red rogue
He cooked good omelettes and stews
And I might have stayed on with him there
But my heart cried out for you, California
Oh California I’m coming home
Oh make me feel good rock’n roll band
I’m your biggest fan
California, I’m coming home


Oh it gets so lonely
When you’re walking
And the streets are full of strangers
All the news of home you read
Just gives you the blues
Just gives you the blues

So I bought me a ticket
I caught a plane to Spain
Went to a party down a red dirt road
There were lots of pretty people there
Reading Rolling Stone, reading Vogue
They said, “How long can you hang around?”
I said “a week, maybe two,
Just until my skin turns brown
Then I’m going home to California”
California I’m coming home
Oh will you take me as I am
Strung out on another man
California I’m coming home


Oh it gets so lonely
When you’re walking
And the streets are full of strangers
All the news of home you read
More about the war
And the bloody changes
Oh will you take me as l am?
Will you take me as l am?
Will you?

song of the week 🙂 englisch lernen mit liedern

Forgotten Language

Forgotten Language
by Shel Silverstein

Once I spoke the language of the flowers,
Once I understood each word the caterpillar said,
Once I smiled in secret at the gossip of the starlings,
And shared a conversation with the housefly in my bed.
Once I heard and answered all the questions of the crickets,
And joined the crying of each falling dying flake of snow,
Once I spoke the language of the flowers. . . .
How did it go?
How did it go?

Girl games

Sandy and Anne

Today I’m very honored to be a visiting blogger on Chris Adam’s Bits ‘n Bob’s Show ‘n Tell, as part of his Mirror Posts/ Through the Looking Glass series. A post in his great San Francisco blog about a very surrealistic art show, “Altered Barbie”, leading to an equally surrealistic day, set my imagination off. Like Alice going down that rabbit hole, I found myself remembering playing with Barbie, and the cheapness of her clothes, compared to the richness of my mother’s, which Muff made for herself. And then I went and dug out this picture. Sandy and I are playing dress-up one fine summer’s day, way back then, feeling glamorous and serious and strangely wise beyond our years. Thanks, Chris, for the trip.

Do you have any childhood games you remember? Any pictures to show?