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“Sweepstakes Prize”

A great song by Mirah, from back in 2000, is “Sweepstakes Prize” — it appeared on the album You Think It’s Like This, But Really It’s Like This.

The humming that starts at the 2:37 mark builds until 2:57 when the drums crash in:

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Using Music to Learn Vocabulary

Listening to music, such as the songs below, can help you improve your vocabulary. Did you know the definitions of all the words below?

1. “Archipelago” by Mirah

Vocab. Word: Archipelago

Definition: A group of islands; an expanse of water surrounded by islands

2. “Narcissus in a Red Dress” by The Like

Vocab. Word: Tutelage

Definition: Protection of or authority over someone or something; guardianship

Vocab. Word: Charlatan

Definition: A person falsely claiming to have a special knowledge or skill; a fraud

3. “Anhedonia” by Skinny Jean:

Vocab. Word: Anhedonia

Definition: The inability to feel pleasure

4. “My Pet Snakes” by Jenny and Johnny

Vocab. Word: Ouroboros

Definition: An ancient symbol depicting a serpent or dragon eating its own tail

5. “Quarry Hymns” by Land of Talk

Vocab. Word: Quarry

Definition: A place, typically a large, deep pit, from which stone or other materials are or have been extracted

6. “No Action” by Elvis Costello

Vocab. Word: Bakelight

Definition: An early form of brittle plastic made from formaldehyde and phenol, used chiefly for electrical equipment

7. “Ductile” by Ben Lee

Vocab. Word: Ductile

Definition: Able to be drawn out into a thin wire; Able to be deformed without losing toughness; pliable, not brittle

Honorable Mention: “Fair Game” by The Like

Vocab. Words: Akimbo, Pessimistic, Incestuous, Tempestuous, Extraneous

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