Take me now, Lord!

Benjamin Zimmer bgzimmer at BABEL.LING.UPENN.EDU
Wed Feb 8 18:49:58 UTC 2006

On 2/7/06, Laurence Horn <laurence.horn at yale.edu> wrote:
> At 9:44 PM -0500 2/7/06, Wilson Gray wrote:
> >"'Love Monkey' will cast you in its spell!"
> >
> >Voice-over accompanying an ad for a TV show.
> >
> Lovely.  I tried googling the phrase, elegant as it is, and found
> exactly two hits, one from a comic review and the other from a movie
> review of "The Human Stain" at a site called...The Dental Arts of
> Plano ("State of the Art with a Heart"):
> This movie will cast you in its spell and surprise you with its secrets.
> http://www.aggiedoc.com/view_review.php?viewID=40

You'll find more exx if you broaden your search to "cast * in *
spell". That quickly turns up lyrics for two songs: "Evil Eyes" by
Styx ("The way she cast me in her spell / Secrets I couldn't tell /
were for me and for you") and "Cinderella" by Britney Spears ("You
cast me in your spell / I did everything you wanted me to"). Some
fine, fine songwriting there.

--Ben Zimmer

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