I before E except after C, unless it's for SCIENCE! Or, you know, if it's weird or foreign (or neither).
Which brings me to the Barenaked Ladies, who are both weird and foreign.1 In 2008, they put out a kids' album titled Snack Time. It's decent, but doesn't quite match the quality of the Ladies' adult entertainment. (Yes, I went there.) Personally, I prefer the four children's albums put out by They Might Be Giants, though that's neither here nor there.2 Anyway, the reason I bring all this up is because of the second-to-last track, a song called "Crazy ABCs."
I like the idea of the song, but I don't understand why it's on an album for kids. Most of them won't get it. Hell, without the liner notes, most adults won't get it. Instead of traditional ABCs (i.e. apple, ball, chlamydia), BNL uses words that don't sound the way they're spelled. Words like bdellium, djinn, and mnemonic. The song's full of silent letters and foreign words, not to mention a ZZ Top reference (topical as always).
It's over-the-head of young kids, and too corny for anyone in their teens. Which means it's mostly for 6th graders who dream of one day competing in the National Spelling Bee.
But that's fine. They can get there by flying the czar's gnarly pterodactyl over a tsunami.
1 Or neither, if you live in Canada. If you do, could you send me some Nanaimo bars?
2 If it was here or there, I'd be infringing on Grover's domain, and he wouldn't hesitate to sic his attack Snuffleupagus on me.
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