Showing posts with label relative pronouns. Show all posts
Showing posts with label relative pronouns. Show all posts

Monday, 18 June 2012

Alanis Morissette- "Guardian"

It's always a great pleasure to me whenever I can propose artists, whose lyrics have inspired me so much throughout my life. This time we are working on "Guardian", a lovely song by one of my favorite singers, Alanis Morissette. This song is interesting not only for its grammar content, but also for its vocabulary that offers me the opportunity to launch a new section of my blog, i.e. Linguistic Aspects. Here you will find some explanations about the new words, idioms and synonyms/contraries introduced by the lyrics. I am sure you will enjoy it!

Level: intermediate/ upper intermediate

Grammar focus on: interrogative pronouns, relative pronouns

Activity: fill- in- the gap exercise (no pool of clues suggested)

Guardian

Lyrics taken from: //www.directlyrics.com/alanis-morissette-guardian-lyrics.html


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Linguistic aspects: The comparison as solid as a fog is not mentioned anywhere. You know perhaps as solid as a rock , but in the lyrics it has the meaning of confusing, difficult to understand (look up at FOG in http://www.macmillandictionary.com/dictionary/british/fog). 


The adjective crestfall may stand for crestfallen, i.e. sad and disappointed. 


Equal meaning for on call, on demand in the sense of on request.
To conclude, the song introduces three words with almost similar meanings, but be careful:

  • a watchman/watchwoman (especially night watchman) guards a building especially at night;
  • a guardian is a person or organisation that protects something or someone (e.g. guardian angel) or someone who looks after children with no parents;
  • a warden is a person who checks that the rules of a precise building are respected (the head of a school, college or prison, etc.).