Evidence that Fran is quite happy to pour cold water on cheerfulness and romance given a spare 20 minutes
'How was your day? Good?'
Then we started talking about the word 'meh' and how popular that is now as a way of saying, 'Well, so-so. Not good. Not bad.'
This kind of linguistic exploration is what English teachers do at the end of the day. It's either that, or the apostrophe debate. We know how to party.
You might have seen this going around. It's my favourite cartoon \at the moment.
Anyway, then my colleagues and I moved on to musing on songs which use 'meh'. And I want to suggest a few, perhaps to sing when you're feeling a bit oh-you-know-how-it-is or not-too-bad or things-can-only-get-better ...
Nina Simone - Feeling Meh
Stevie Wonder - I Just Called to Say 'Meh'
The Beach Boys - Meh Vibrations
Chuck Berry - Johnny Be Meh
James Brown - I Feel Meh
Fine Young Cannibals - She Drives Me ... Meh
Neil Diamond - Meh Caroline
Bobby McFerrin - Don't Worry, Be Meh
Lou Reed - Meh Day
And on the same theme of more realistic, down-to-earth songs which cut all the hyperbole ...
Minnie Riperton - Lovin' You is easy 'cos you're not bad-looking
Lionel Richie - I Just Called to Say I think you're okay
Savage Garden - Truly, Madly, Kind Of
Tina Turner - You're Simply the Best of a Bad Bunch
Rod Stewart - Have I Told You Lately that you're growing on me?
Chris DeBurgh - Lady in Beige
Peggy Lee - Mildly Raised Temperature
Queen - You're a Good Mate
Al Green - Let's Stay Facebook Friends
Can you think of any more, witty followers?!
About 90 seconds into this video, you can see me singing a few more 'adapted' love song titles as part of a comedy routine. If you want to watch the whole thing, I start off talking about the idealism of the early relationship, then I sing some adapted song titles, then I perform a poem called 'Maureen and Jack'. Enjoy.