Friday, July 2, 2010

Instrument Names

The names of most musical instruments don’t give a real indication of what they look like or what they do. “Piano,” for instance, doesn’t suggest the presence of a keyboard and small, felt-coated mallets that hit metal strings. There’s nothing about the word “trombone,” that would imply that it’s made of brass and has a slide.

The exception is bagpipes. That’s exactly what it says on the tin.

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