Friday, 23 September 2011

Word of the week #21

Word of the week has often taken inspiration from television programmes that were being reviewed at the time. There have been two entries inspired by Archer (here and here) and one by Doctor Who (here), albeit the classic series, rather than the revived iteration.

This week's word is directly lifted from one of the programmes that will be reviewed later today. Since there are quite a few reviews to do, I have decided to pack them all into a single article which will go up once I have had the time to watch all of them. Look out for that later this afternoon. Anyhow, this week's entry comes directly lifted from the heroic return of Parks & Recreation, possibly the pick of a spectacular crop of recent comedies. I suspect that a few people may be wondering what it means (I was vaguely familiar with it, but had to consult a dictionary to make sure), so your word of the week is...

Noun: The rhythmic flow and tempo of a sequence of spoken words. Can also refer to an inconsistent musical movement, or the change in vocal pitch (usually downward) of a person speaking. Pronounced 'cay-dence'. Supposedly derived from the Latin cadentia, meaning a fall, and related the Italian word cadenza, meaning a showy flourish at the end of a musical aria.

Example: 'I don't know what you mean, but it had the cadence of a joke.' - Perd Hapley, Ya' Heard? With Perd (Pawnee).


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