Tuesday, February 19, 2008

this is probably poor blog etiquette, but...

I just read a comment on somebody else's blog that annoyed the heck out of me while at the same time affronting my love of music and insulting my keen recollection of music lyrics. Since it's probably poor etiquette to correct somebody else's comment on someone else's blog, I thought I'd cover it here. Luckily the likelyhood of the blogger or the commenter ever reading my blog is slim to none. Even still, I know this opens me up to all sorts of scrutiny, but I'll take the risk.

The commenter wrote:

"You ain't Jack and you ain't Dianne... take the money and run."

Can anybody tell me what's wrong with this sentence?

Buzz - if you don't figure this out we can't be friends any more.

Oh, and it's not that Diane is spelled wrong. It's something else.

[Edit - With all due respect to those Diannes out there: the John Cougar Mellencamp version is spelled with only one N.]

Have a nice day.

17 comments:

buzz bishop said...

well jack and diane were just doing the best they can.

jack wanted to be a football star and diane was the debutante of the back seat of jack's car... or something like that.

steeler's wheel took the money and ran.

the real comparison needs to be made between cougar's track and bon jovi's livin on a prayer. a similar story about tommy and gina.

Carolyn said...

Ouch Buzzy. Close. It wasn't Steeler's Wheel it was Steve Miller.

But thanks, I never noticed the similarities between Jack & Diane and Livin' on a Prayer. Good one.

We can still be friends. I'm sure you're relieved.

btw the real twosome who took the money and ran were Billy Joe and Bobby Sue.

buzz bishop said...

oh. i knew i shoulda googled before i typed.

steeler's wheel are stuck in the middle.

wait a second.. wtf am i doing debating cheeseball 80s lyrics? i dont work with Larry, Willy and Pam!

Now if you want to dig into Flo Rida, Daughtry and the PCD - let's get it on.

Carolyn said...

Sorry to drag you to such shallow depths Buzz! Can you forgive me?

The Rotten Correspondent said...

Are we quibbling over lyrics or grammar? Or both?

Carolyn said...

Rotten - we're quibbling over all of the above. If it's not clear from the previous comments, my problem with the original sentence "You ain't Jack and you ain't Dianne... take the money and run" is primarily regarding the lyrics, although I do take exception to the grammar as well.

“Ain't” is such an awful and oft-misused word!

(By the way, I'm a total grammar snob and welcome constructive criticism or corrections to my own posts at any time. I often write when I'm tired and I’m sure errors slip through the cracks all the time.)

As for the lyrics, the poster combined two references incorrectly. She refers first to "Jack & Diane" - which is a John Cougar Mellencamp song - and then refers to "Take the Money and Run" - which is a Steve Miller Band song. They don't go together. How annoying! Anyone worth their salt in useless cheesy music trivia would know that the antagonist twosome of the SMB song is “Billy Joe and Bobby Sue.”

Although I have to wonder if the poster knew what she was doing. I can hear the two songs so clearly in my head that I find it really hard to believe that someone willing to use those references in the first place would actually make the mistake.

It’s especially pathetic that I would go on so long about it…

Kaycie said...

Came over from RC's after seeing your incredible header work for her. You rock.

Now . . . that said, I'm going to argue with you. Dianne is the absolute correct way to spell it, thank you very much. (It's my middle name as well as my daughter's.)

Oh, and actually, Bobbie Sue is the one who took the money and ran. Bobby Joe caught up to her the next day and you know, they're still on the run.

Can we still be friends?

Carolyn said...

kaycie - Oh snap! You are sooooooo right. Dear old Bobby Joe did catch up with Bobbie Sue the very next day. That being said and with all due respect, in so far as John Cougar Mellencamp is concerned, Diane has only one L. Although, as far as I'm concerned, Mr. JCM spelled it incorrectly. Like you said, it really has two L's.

On my way to yer blog...

Potty Mummy said...

OKaaaaay. I am a philistine, clearly. I got the reference, knew that the second part was from another song, but no way could I have told you which one.

Do I have to go home now?

By the way - RC was right. You have a beautiful looking blog...

Kaycie said...

I think maybe we were a bit tired last night, Carolyn. I said "Bobby Joe" (!) and there is no "L" in Dianne, or Diane, as the case may be.

Details, details.

Carolyn said...

Oh my. Hilarious. I was definitely tired. I'm tempted to delete all that nonesense. Yes, Dianne or Diane or Diannnnnnnne has no L's in it whatsoever. WTF?

And the final word on this subject: it's Billy Joe and Bobby Sue.

I think I should stay away from music lyrics in the future.

Akelamalu said...

I came via RC's blog to say "Wow you are so talented" I love the designs you did for her header.

Whilst I'm here I will just say that all the women I know called Diane spell their name like that with one n. Maybe that's just in England though. As for the use of 'ain't' sometimes it just fits, so it's ok to use it. Hope you don't mind me commenting. :)

Carolyn said...

Akelamalu - thanks for your comments. I welcome any comments at all!

That's what the comments section is for (I think).

Love your name by the way. I'm obsessed with Hawaii...

ciara said...

came by way of r.c. because she said to check it out...nice looking blog and great writing. i'm not so much of a grammar snob, so i hope you don't mind my grammar too much lol

Carolyn said...

Ciara - I welcome all comments. Even grammatically shoddy ones. Just don't be discouraged if I make fun of you.

Johnny Virgil said...

I thought about mentioning that mishmash of lyrics, but then decided I would just feel superior and let them stew in their own ignorance.

Carolyn said...

JV - Dear Lord. You actually read my blog? Now I'm horrified by my own lyrical snobbery. I admire your inner strength, but I just couldn't stop myself. Thanks for visiting!!