-----Original Message-----

From: Horsley, Mark

Sent: 31 May 2005 16:22

To: Wong, Bobo

Subject: FW: A.Word.A.Day--crescendo

 

The crescendo of my working day will be when I can go home!

 

-----Original Message-----

From: Wordsmith [mailto:wsmith@wordsmith.org]

Sent: Tuesday, May 31, 2005 1:04 PM

To: linguaphile@wordsmith.org

Subject: A.Word.A.Day--crescendo

 

crescendo (kri-SHEN-do) noun, plural crescendos, crescendi

 

   1. A gradual increase in loudness, intensity, or force.

 

   2. The peak or climax.

 

adjective, adverb

 

   With a gradual increase in loudness.

 

verb intr.

 

   To grow in force, loudness, intensity, etc.

 

[From Italian crescendo (growing), present participle of crescere (to increase), from Latin crescere (to grow). Ultimately from Indo-European root ker- (to grow) that's also the source of other words such as increase, recruit, crew, crescent, cereal, concrete, and Spanish crecer (to grow).]

 

Crescendo is used as a direction in music. In written music, it's shown with a < sign. The opposite is diminuendo or decrescendo which is depicted by a >. Strictly speaking, crescendo is the process, not the end result. It refers to a gradual increase, not a peak, but popular usage has extended the sense of the word and it's often used to refer to the moment when something has reached its peak.

 

  "A crescendo of boos rises from the crowd as a madman tackles the bull

   by its horns wrestling it to the ground, turning to cheers as enraged

   Spaniards set to him with boots and sticks."

   Karl Gardner; A Load of Bull; New Zealand Herald (Auckland); Jul 6, 2004.

 

This week's theme: words from music.

 

I am, indeed, a king, because I know how to rule myself. -Pietro Aretino, satirist and dramatist (1492-1556)

 

This message was sent to "MarkH@pearsoned.com.hk".

 

 

-----Original Message-----

From: Wong, Bobo

Sent: Tuesday, May 31, 2005 4:23 PM

To: Horsley, Mark

Subject: RE: A.Word.A.Day--crescendo

 

That would be the anticlimax of my day :-(

 

-----Original Message-----

From: Horsley, Mark

Sent: 31 May 2005 16:25

To: Wong, Bobo

Subject: RE: A.Word.A.Day--crescendo

 

YOU ARE SICK, MS. WONG! PLEASE SEE A PSCHIATRIST TODAY BEFORE YOU SAY OTHER SILLY THINGS THAT WILL SUGGEST YOU SHOULD BE ADMITTED.

 

-----Original Message-----

From: Wong, Bobo

Sent: Tuesday, May 31, 2005 4:26 PM

To: Horsley, Mark

Subject: RE: A.Word.A.Day--crescendo

 

The anticlimax of my day being YOUR LEAVING THE OFFICE!!!!!!!

 

-----Original Message-----

From: Horsley, Mark

Sent: 31 May 2005 16:29

To: Wong, Bobo

Subject: RE: A.Word.A.Day--crescendo

 

OIC! SORRY (and a million more)! :-)

 

-----Original Message-----

From: Wong, Bobo

Sent: Tuesday, May 31, 2005 4:31 PM

To: Horsley, Mark

Subject: RE: A.Word.A.Day--crescendo

 

Don't get the wrong impression that we celt people are all morose workaholics!!!

 

-----Original Message-----

From: Horsley, Mark

Sent: 31 May 2005 16:33

To: Wong, Bobo

Subject: RE: A.Word.A.Day--crescendo

 

I certainly don't get that impression when I see you swan into the office around noon! :-)

 

-----Original Message-----

From: Wong, Bobo

Sent: Tuesday, May 31, 2005 4:37 PM

To: Horsley, Mark

Subject: RE: A.Word.A.Day--crescendo

 

That is the only way of guaranteeing a super effective day of work :-)

 

 

 

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