Memo to Zeppelin fans

12 04 2011

Most of you probably know this, but plenty of you don’t.  If claim to be a Led Zeppelin fan, you should know this.

“D’yer Mak’er” is not pronounced die-er maker.  It’s pronounced like juhrmaker.   Have you ever heard a Brit put an “r” sound at the end of a word ending in “a”?  (For example, vodka sounds like vodker, Donna sounds like Donner.)  Linguists have fancy terms for that, but I’m not going to go into it.  It’s quite boring.  Long story short, that’s what’s going on with the song’s title.  D’yer Make’er is Jamaica.

I know this seems snarky and a bit know-it-all-ish.  I think what caused this mini rant was hearing a rock and roll radio personality/DJ, from a major market radio show, call the song die-er maker, not unlike the Zep fans I knew in junior high and high school.

Carry on.

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