Wednesday, July 14, 2010

MAME IS TO BLAME!



An extract from the relevant Wikipedia page:
Put the Blame on Mame" is a song by Allan Roberts and Doris Fisher, originally made for the film Gilda in 1946 - where it was sung by the title character, played by Rita Hayworth and with the singing voice actually that of Anita Kert Ellis.
In keeping with the film character Gilda being "the ultimate femme fatale", the song sung by her at two scenes facetiously credits the amorous activities of a woman named "Mame" (the name evidently chosen to rhyme with "blame") as the true cause of three well-known cataclysmic events in American history: The Great Chicago Fire of 1871, Great Blizzard of 1888 in New York City and the 1906 San Francisco earthquake.

This is a song invariably mentioned in advanced learners' classes as a little mnemonic device that will (hopefully!) place the phrase 'put the blame on somebody' in the long-term memory. The lyrics can be read here.

What other songs/ films/ books do you know that contain useful phrases in their title?
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