[Ads-l] What does the ugly stick look like?

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Thanks, Jon.  Intriguing instrument and entrancing music.  

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------ Original message------From: Jonathan LighterDate: Wed, Nov 2, 2016 7:19 PMTo: ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU;Subject:Re: [ADS-L] What does the ugly stick look like?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z_SWPeyb1pgJLOn Tue, Nov 1, 2016 at 10:56 PM, Joel Berson  wrote:> The NYTimes article includes the two elements Jon lists when describing> the initiation ceremony, but is silent about the presence of an ugly stick;> the ugly stick is only mentioned when describing the musical.>> Jon, just how did you wield the ugly stick?>> Joel>>>       From: Jonathan Lighter >  To: ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU>  Sent: Tuesday, November 1, 2016 9:40 PM>  Subject: Re: [ADS-L] What does the ugly stick look like?>> I've actually wielded a Newfoundland ugly stick in a "musical" performance> which was part of my ritual initiation as an "honorary Newfoundlander" in> the town of Trinity.>> Other parts of the ritual included kissing a codfish on the lips and> downing a dram of the local "screech.">> Make your own ugly stick:>> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C8Mgzr-kwnw>> I do not know if this "folk instrument" antedates the 1980s, at least under> the current name.>> JL>> On Tue, Nov 1, 2016 at 7:53 PM, Joel Berson  wrote:>> > From "A 9/11 Parable, Staged for Samaritans," by Michael Paulson,> NYTimes,> > Nov. 1, 2016, Arts, C5/6 [New England Edition], discussing the grand> first> > performance ever in Gander, Newfoundland, of the musical "Come From> Away,"> > which is centered on the hospitality shown stranded international> airplane> > passengers and crew diverted to and grounded there after the attack on> the> > World Trade Center towers.> >> >> > "They [the audience] stomped their feet at the Celtic-inspired folk-rock> > [sic!] and cheered the ugly stick, a local instrument fashioned from> bottle> > caps and a boot attached to an upside-down mop."> >> > Unfortunately, the NYT article does not describe how the ugly stick was> > employed in the musical.> >> > Joel> >> >> > ------------------------------------------------------------> > The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org> >>>>> --> "If the truth is half as bad as I think it is, you can't handle the truth.">> ------------------------------------------------------------> The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org>>>> ------------------------------------------------------------> The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org>>-- "If the truth is half as bad as I think it is, you can't handle the truth."------------------------------------------------------------The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

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