[Ads-l] desirous

Neal Whitman nwhitman at AMERITECH.NET
Fri Dec 12 16:26:43 UTC 2014

I heard a similar semantic shift, attributable to poetic license, in a 
"morning zoo" parody song on the radio in Houston, Texas, 1985. It was 
during flu season, and to the tune of "Elvira," someone sang:

     Flu virus
     Flu virus
     It uuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuun-desirous,
     Flu virus.


On 12/12/2014 9:05 AM, Jonathan Lighter wrote:
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> 'Tempting':
> Annie Daly at Yahoo! Health:
> "Adding resistance exercises to your workout routine may make fatty foods
> less desirous."
>   Classic Inglish.
> JL

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