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2008-09-01 00:06:00

By Jason Cato Pittsburgh turns 250 this fall, but if organizers plan to sing happy birthday during October's soiree they'd better be prepared to fork over some cash. "Happy Birthday to You," the four-line ditty heard by all at least once a year, is under copyright -- until 2030. "I know this is hard to believe," said Phil Crosland, a spokesman for the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, or ASCAP. "But 'Happy Birthday' is a copyrighted composition." The tune was written...


Word of the Day
sough
  • A murmuring sound; a rushing or whistling sound, like that of the wind; a deep sigh.
  • A gentle breeze; a waft; a breath.
  • Any rumor that engages general attention.
  • A cant or whining mode of speaking, especially in preaching or praying; the chant or recitative characteristic of the old Presbyterians in Scotland.
  • To make a rushing, whistling, or sighing sound; emit a hollow murmur; murmur or sigh like the wind.
  • To breathe in or as in sleep.
  • To utter in a whining or monotonous tone.
According to the OED, from the 16th century, this word is 'almost exclusively Scots and northern dialect until adopted in general literary use in the 19th.'
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