Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Vocabulary Lesson: "Splatter Platter"

Today's lesson is brief, and not modern, but I just can't help myself.

SPLATTER PLATTER is an antiquated term for the teenage tragedy songs of yore. My mom loves a few of these songs (and I do too!). I heard this colorful term on Minnesota Public Radio's The Current last month.

Some popular splatter platters include "Teen Angel," "Tell Laura I Love Her," "Dead Man's Curve," "Last Kiss," and "Seasons in the Sun." Except for the late '90s cover of "Last Kiss," none of these songs were released after 1976! Which is for the best, because we can't spend all of our days listening to morose ballads about teenage tragedy, can we? (No, we can not.)

Additional Resources:
Teenage tragedy songs, Wikipedia

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