Today I will compare and contrast Shihan flashy words and Weird Al’s “word crimes” for the first Blog assignment. I must say I enjoyed listening and watching both pieces. Shihan used words with the same pronunciation but when written or said by itself had a different meaning, words such as “Realize and Real lies” or “saddest factory and satisfactory”. Within Shihan’s delivery of is words he expressed and emphasized upon prefixes and bases that are similar to those practice in our class sessions, for example the words Gratification (Grat-ti-fi-ca-tion) and fabricated (Fab-ri-ca-ted) . Shihan uses of his oxymoron twist his message in a creative use of language. For example, “A good man is hard to find and a hard man is good find”, a blind man once told me the true meaning of love at first sight”. This type of wording style keeps the listeners engaged and puzzled on the same hand in that they would ponder on the idea of how can a blind man see true love?
Weird Al used a different approach on his delivery style, he used a popular hip hop song and remixed his thoughts strictly using words. Grammar, punctuation and the correct use of larger words was his focused and when it was the appropriate time to use words that seem to have the same definition such as “less” and “fewer” or “doing good and doing well”. He also briefly mention the use of contractions and gave an example of when it would be accepted, “Every dog has it’s day” would be an incorrect use of this conjunction. Weird Al also sends another message across that individuals should broaden their vocabulary words and express themselves without the use of emojies and expound upon words such “nomenclature, errant, incorrent, spastic”…etc.
Both Shihan flashy words and Weird Als “word crimes” told a story in which they taught a lesson to the audience. Weird Al’s points out the proper usage of words in its proper context for example “to who or to whom” a simple, but, easily misuse of context in our society today, to whom it may concern not to who it may concern. Both pieces used the art of words and language to beautifully join words together and create a story in which the message was smoothly delivered. Just as our class sessions, the breaking down and joining of words helps to appreciate the art of language, its orgins and all their different but similar meaning.
Below you will find a link to another creative piece of writing style that you may find interesting as well. Enjoy!
Rucker, U. What a women must do, Def Jam. Retrieved from
Shihan. Flashy words, Def Jam. Retrieved from
Weird Al’s Yankovic. Word Crimes. Retrieved from