Rhymes With Inuendoed

Cidu Bill on Nov 7th 2017


Filed in Bill Bickel, CIDU, Hilary B. Price, Rhymes With Orange, comic strips, comics, humor | 24 responses so far

24 Responses to “Rhymes With Inuendoed”

  1. James Pollock Nov 7th 2017 at 12:06 am 1

    “Diminuendo” is the opposite of “crescendo”.

  2. fleabane Nov 7th 2017 at 02:14 am 2

    James Pollock.

    …. so claiming a neighborhood has really crescendoed while looking at a piano in good shape in a front yard is a normal occurrence?

  3. Olivier Nov 7th 2017 at 04:17 am 3

    Deteriorating neighborhood = derelict car on the lawn.
    There’s a piano instead of a car ( :) ), so the old guy makes a (bad) pun.

  4. James Pollock Nov 7th 2017 at 05:54 am 4

    “so claiming a neighborhood has really crescendoed while looking at a piano in good shape in a front yard is a normal occurrence?”

    I’m not really the person to ask about “normal”. I also don’t really understand the question.

    But seeing a piano in the front yard might just bring to mind a musical term to describe it, if one were so inclined. And this one was used correctly, to my knowledge of musical terminology, which is limited by the fact that I have no discernible musical talent and therefore did not spend much time learning music theory.

  5. mitch4 Nov 7th 2017 at 09:09 am 5

    If he had said “diminished” (whether the yard had a jalopy or this piano) we wouldn’t question it at all. So here he has used the musical-Italian equivalent; quite fitting, I would say, and a little amusing.

    James and fleabane, are you perhaps differing on recognizing a recent development in casual speech, where “crescendo” has started to be used in the sense of “climax” or “peak”?

  6. Powers Nov 7th 2017 at 10:10 am 6

    When you see derelict appliances or vehicles on a front lawn, you might say “This neighborhood has really deteriorated.” Since the object on the lawn is a musical instrument, “deteriorated” has been replaced by a musical term.

  7. Bob Ball Nov 7th 2017 at 10:26 am 7

    My wife pointed out the “trebling” comment on the left. That was so bad I wanted to jump off a clef, but she staved me off.

  8. fleabane Nov 7th 2017 at 11:23 am 8

    I was simply saying I did not understand the cartoon at all and knowing that diminuendo is the opposite of crescendo doesn’t help, as a couple walking in a posh neighborhood with a piano in good shape on the lawn and claiming the neighborhood had crescendoed would be equally nonsensical.

    Instead what I would need to have pointed out was that it isn’t the word diminuendo replaced with crescendo, that explains the joke, but a piano replaced with a car. That is a connection I simply did not make.

  9. zookeeper Nov 7th 2017 at 11:55 am 9

    Piano missing a wheel, propped up on cement block, held open with a shovel, grass uncut, shutter askew, Beware of Dog on the back fence… not posh.

  10. Winter Wallaby Nov 7th 2017 at 12:16 pm 10

    If he had said “diminished” (whether the yard had a jalopy or this piano) we wouldn’t question it at all.

    I would understand what he meant, but I would probably question it, or at least find it odd to describe a deteriorating neighborhood as “diminished.” I got what the cartoonist was trying to do with this joke, but it didn’t work for me.

  11. D McKeon Nov 7th 2017 at 06:28 pm 11

    zookeeper @9 has it, but at least the screen door is really sharp.

  12. Mark in Boston Nov 7th 2017 at 09:51 pm 12

    Sign in 3rd floor apartment window: “Piano for Sale”
    Sign in 2nd floor apartment window: “Hooray!”

    Many piano owners do not bother to tune or maintain their pianos. Many of the old pianos you see for sale or free are in such bad shape that it would cost $10,000 in repairs to bring it up to $ 5,000 market value.

    This one will be especially hard to sell because it is a left-handed piano, with the high notes on the left and the low notes on the right. Very few people can play it.

    It is made by Bluthner.


  13. Kilby Nov 8th 2017 at 05:09 am 13

    @ MiB (12) - When my grandparents moved to a smaller house, my brother was happy to get their old piano. He discovered that it was so out of shape that he could not tune it himself, so he got help from a professional, whose comment during the work was, “I’ve thrown away pianos that were in better condition than this one.”

  14. Lord Jubjub Nov 8th 2017 at 06:45 pm 14

    mitch4@5: Crescendo is an ongoing action. Climax is the peak of the crescendo. Mixing the two makes no sense.

  15. Boise Ed Nov 8th 2017 at 09:19 pm 15

    fleabane [2]: If the piano were “in good shape,” would it have a shovel in place of the lid prop?

    mitch4 [5]: The date on the comic is “5-3,” so you’re saying this is a diminished third?

    MiB [12]: Thanks for that link. I had never seen or heard of a left-handed piano before.

  16. Kilby Nov 9th 2017 at 06:46 am 16

    @ Boise Ed (15) - It may be very useful for some lefties to have a custom-built piano, but I’m sure that it is a major pain in the @$$ to schlep such a massive thing around to every music lesson and/or concert.

    P.S. There are also left handed guitars (and possibly violins*, too), but they have the same disadvantage: if you learn to play that way, then you cannot trade instruments with anyone else.

    P.P.S. (*) Playing a violin left-handed is nearly impossible in a concert setting, because you are likely to poke out your neighbor’s eye with the tip of the bow.

  17. Mitch4 Nov 9th 2017 at 09:59 am 17

    Lord Jubjub at 14 - - I agree in not much liking this fairly recent vernacular usage. But it is something you can observe very often. People will say or write things like “The chorus of political denunciations reached a crescendo on Thursday, when [… ]”.

  18. Winter Wallaby Nov 9th 2017 at 11:40 am 18

    zookeeper #9 / BoiseEd #15: Take a look again at fleabane’s comments. He/she isn’t saying that this piano is in good shape, or that the neighborhood is posh. He/she was asking, hypothetically, whether this would make sense if everything were reversed, so that the piano was in good shape, the neighborhood posh, and the comment has said “crescendoed” instead of “diminuendoed.”

  19. Winter Wallaby Nov 9th 2017 at 11:41 am 19

    Jord Jubjub #14/Mitch4 #17: Years ago that sort of illogical English usage used to bother me, but since then I’ve done a complete 360.

  20. Bob Nov 9th 2017 at 11:43 am 20

    WW - LoL!

  21. zookeeper Nov 9th 2017 at 02:50 pm 21

    WW @ 18: Thank you, understood. Fleabane, my apologies for density.

  22. Ted from Ft. Laud Nov 9th 2017 at 05:18 pm 22

    MiB @ 12 and Kilby @ 13 - I’ve certainly been there. The piano at my parent’s house that my siblings and I took lessons on (it didn’t stick on any of us) was used when they got it and not a great instrument - but it was a pretty baby grand that nicely fit is a corner of the living room, so it was kept (for decades after) even though no one played it, and it was only tuned a couple of times in all those years. When we sold the house s fair while after they both died, I moved the piano here (we also had a place for it in the living room - there had been one when we bought our house, but the previous owners decided not to toss it in…) The people who moved it tuned it as part of the service, but I subsequently learned they didn’t do a great job. A couple of years later, my younger one (who was a music major, but not particularly a piano player) told us that while it was pretty much in tune with itself, it was badly out of tune against any other instruments. So, for his benefit, we had someone in to tune it properly. The tuner told us he wouldn’t even try - the strings were old enough that they wouldn’t take the tension needed if it were properly tuned, and it wasn’t worth the cost of restringing. So it remains in the living room, largely as a decorative object, played occasionally when the younger one visits, and he winces a bit when he does so.

  23. Boise Ed Nov 9th 2017 at 07:08 pm 23

    WW [18] and fleabane [2]: Ah, I see now that f. was saying “if the piano were in good shape…”

    Ted [22]: Some while back, I heard a story on NPR about how NYC used to have a zillion piano makers and now just a few remain. They said many pianos were going to the dump because so few people were buying them these days.

  24. Meryl A Nov 15th 2017 at 02:35 am 24

    When I was in high school my mom decided we needed a piano. They bought one off of my aunt’s (SIL to my dad) parents.

    My mom took piano lessons. My sister then took piano lessons. Hoping I would be more popular than almost not at all, I took piano lessons. I learned to play the piano. Unfortunately I never learned to make music come when I played the piano. I come from a family of listeners, mom and my sister were only slightly better than me.

    The piano was ruined and had to be junked in 2012 due to Sandy.

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