Why a clam?

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  1. turtlejimmy

    turtlejimmy Utimate User

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    Does anyone know how the term "clam" came to be used for brass booboos?

    Just curious ... Doesn't seem to jive with the common expression, "Happy as a clam." On the other hand, enough of them could get you another common expression .... "Clam up!"


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  2. ChopsGone

    ChopsGone Forte User

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    It's not just brass, of course. Some woodwind players use the term as well. This article is speculative, but seems to make some sense:

    Clam « The Word Detective
     
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  3. turtlejimmy

    turtlejimmy Utimate User

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    Great article, thanks. That's funny .....


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  4. ChopsGone

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    Here's a CD I bought a while back, more because of the title than anything else. It turned out to be a nicely done production, strictly period music, but entertaining:

    Acres Of Clams / The Pioneer Brass CD Album
     
  5. MSfortissimo

    MSfortissimo Pianissimo User

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    I always thought a clam was when you split a note, essentially making two notes, like the two halves of a clam.
     
  6. Phil986

    Phil986 Forte User

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    Plausible, also sounds better than "oyster" or "mussel."
    In French it's called "a duck" (qwack!). The piccolo trumpet is nicknamed the "duck box" (la boite a canards).
     
  7. kingtrumpet

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    if you give me a hundred clams -- then we talk about an answer -- or at least I could buy 1 round of beer for our Aussie friends ROFL ROFL ROFL
     
  8. turtlejimmy

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    You could shell out some clams to try and get the trumpet player to clam up but you might as well be whistling your la boite a canards in the wind because, as we know, your average trumpeter is as happy as a clam at high tide, especially when trumpeting loudly in your face.

    Oh, no .... not another punbake ...:stars:


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  9. gmonady

    gmonady Utimate User

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    This reads SO much better when put through the Swedish Chef Dialectizer:

    Clem
    Joost sey ooups. Um gesh dee bork, bork!

    ...“Clem” is un interesteeng vurd. Bork bork bork! Must uses in Ingleesh reffer beck in sume-a vey tu “clem” es zee neme-a fur zee shellffeesh (es Merreeem-Vebster poots it, “uny ooff noomeruoos ideeble-a mereene-a beefelfe-a mulloosks leefing in sund oor mood”). Zee ooreegin ooff “clem,” hooefer, leees fer frum zee beech, in zee preheesturic Germuneec ruut vurd “klem,” vheech meunt “tu press oor sqooeeze-a tugezeer” und elsu gefe-a us “clemp.” It ves zee teeghtly clemped shoot shell ooff zee eqooeteec “clem” thet gefe-a it its neme-a...

    Boot unuzeer, und tu my meend strunger, pusseebility is thet zee “meesteke-a” sense-a ooff “clem” dereefes frum a cumpletely deefffferent “clem.” In zee 18t centoory zee suoond ooff tvu bells (in a bell tooer) roong seemooltuneuoosly (usooelly a meesteke-a by zee bell reenger) ves knoon es a “clem.” Thees “clem” ves prubebly “echueec” in ooreegin, intended tu meemic zee deessununt, unpleesunt suoond itselff (zee seme-a vey “clung” und “slem” vere-a furmed), und ectooelly eppeers tu be-a zee suoorce-a ooff oooor mudern “clemur,” meuneeng a joombled ruer ooff nueeses oor fueeces. Um gesh dee bork, bork! It seems inturely lugeecel thet “clem” es a term fur meesteke-a in a bell tooer cuoold hefe-a becume-a a genereleezed mooseeciuns’ term fur uny surt ooff imberresseeng floob in a perffurmunce-a.
     
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  10. turtlejimmy

    turtlejimmy Utimate User

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    Wow, the languages must not be that different .... I can almost read that.:-?


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