Wednesday, 22 June 2011

Vocabulary & Song: Relationships & The Tennessee Waltz -- Patti Page


Image from Bless Your Heart
There are many terms we use in a relationship, but of course, some are more intriguing than others. Say, the situation you see above and below, how do we call the odd one out?
Image from ...A PENNY FOR MADDE'S THOUGHTS...
Image from goenglish
You are right! We call the odd-one-out "the third wheel".

Person who is usually the third wheel actually doesn't want to get involved, but sometimes, it is not for them to choose.

Some people are involved in a love/hate relationship, in which they feel both love and hate for the same person.
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Maybe the last one I will teach today is how we say if a third party intrudes into a relationship and wins the competition. We call it "steal sb from sb". Listen to this classic song 'The Tennessee Waltz" by Patti Page. It is also my favourite.


Lyrics
I was waltzing with my darlin' to the Tennesse waltz
when an old friend I happened to see.
I introduced him to my loved one,
and while they were waltzing
my friend stole my sweet-heart from me.

I remember the night and the Tennessee waltz.
Now I know just how much I have lost.
Yes I lost my little darlin' the night
they were playing the beautiful Tennessee waltz.

I was waltzing with my darlin' to the Tennesse waltz
when an old friend I happened to see.
I introduced him to my loved one,
and while they were waltzing
my friend stole my sweet-heart from me.

I remember the night and the Tennessee waltz.
Now I know just how much I have lost.
Yes I lost my little darlin' the night
they were playing the beautiful Tennessee waltz.


Vocabulary:
a fifth/third wheel -- (n)[C] US someone who is in a situation where they are not needed or are ignored by most people
involved -- (adj) being in a close relationship with someone
a love/hate relationship -- (n) a relationship in which you have feelings of love and hate for someone or something
intrude (into) -- (vb)[I] to go into a place or situation in which you are not wanted or not expected to be
steal sb from sb -- when a third party intrudes into a relationship and wins the competition.




Resources:
The Tennessee Waltz - singer Patti Page 1950 @ YouTube
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Ek3eCbfqp0

Patti Page @ Wikipedia
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patti_Page

http://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/british/a-fifth-third-wheel?q=third+wheel#a-fifth-third-wheel__1
http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=third%20wheel

http://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/british/involved_2

http://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/british/relationship_2#relationship_2__3

http://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/british/intrude?q=intrudes#intrude__3

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