Will You Do the Fandango?

21 May

calaboose – n. a local prison

Classic Usage:  Once again we encounter the evil dealings of Marie St Clare.  She is frustrated because she’s too weak to whip the servants, and her husband won’t do what all the other masters do.  What’s that, you and Ophelia ask?  “Why, send them to the calaboose, or some of the other places to be flogged.”

Classically Mad Usage:  I don’t know if I’ll use this word regularly, but it might be a suitable substitute for scaramouche next time I’m singing Bohemian Rhapsody.


Posted by on May 21, 2012 in Uncle Tom's Cabin


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5 responses to “Will You Do the Fandango?

  1. Sandy B.

    May 21, 2012 at 8:57 pm

    Your vocabulary lessons always make me smile and sniggle. (Auto-correct was trying to change that to “single!”) : ) Calaboose SOUNDS like such a cheerful word, not like a prison where someone could be flogged. I like your idea of putting it into Bohemian Rhapsody!

    • Adriana @ Classical Quest

      May 21, 2012 at 11:15 pm

      Sandy, I don’t think you were around when we got into a Bohemian Rhapsody audio/video competition. It finally ended when Christine posted the Muppets version. No one could top that. (click on the scaramouche link above)

      Yeah, things got pretty wild around here. (Flukes! It was shiftless!)

  2. Sandy B.

    May 22, 2012 at 12:41 am

    You guys are hilarious!! : D I had fun looking at the scaramouche comments and video clips! Love those muppets! Hey, I just remembered how Cookie Monster was “Alistair Cookie,” hosting Monsterpiece Theater on Sesame Street. I don’t think he covered any of our classics, but he did “Me Claudius,” “The Taming of the Shoe,” and fun things like that. See how intellectual I am? : )

    • Christina Joy

      May 22, 2012 at 3:59 pm

      Oh man, I had completely forgotten about Alistair Cookie! I might need to put some of the classic Sesame Street on hold at the library. You know, strictly for the children, of course.


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