Now there is a title that will grab just about anyone’s attention…
I am going to try my hand at a smaller post today. Fun and straight to the point.
Me and my friend Alex Jiminez used to play all kinds of games in high school to keep from “stark raving madness” induced by boredom.
I used to draw cartoon strips and we would make all these “list” where we practiced “mentalism” by seeing how many guitarist from band’s we could think of and then we would start with all the other instruments.
This was the kind of stuff that truly mattered to us and it was so much more fun than paying attention in class.
One of the the things I learned from Alex was to open the dictionary everyday and learn a new word.
I always thought that was so cool.
A few years ago I heard Tony Robbins interviewing Stanley “Tookie” Williams from death row in Jail and the interview was so enlightening and profound. Tony asked Stanley how had developed such an articulate amazing vocabulary and Stanley mentioned he did the same thing that Alex did.
I still do this and I did it this morning.
This morning I learned;
Hendiatris- (Greek for one through three) is a figure of speech used for emphasis, in which three words are used to express one idea. For example, the phrase “women, wine and song” uses three words to capture one idea.
“Sex, Drugs and Rock & Roll” is just a modern way of saying “Women, Wine and Song”
Perhaps equally well-known throughout the world are Julius Caesar’s “Veni vidi vici”
“I came, I saw, I conquered”
The cliché “wine, women, and song” is a rhetorical figure of a triad or hendiatris. Similar tripartite mottoes have existed for a long time in many languages, for example:
* Bengali/Hindi/Sanskrit – “Sur, Sura, Sundari” (music, wine and woman)
* Czech – “Víno, ženy a zpěv” (wine, women and song)
* Danish – “Vin, kvinder og sang” (wine, women and song)
o also “Øl, fisse og hornmusik” (beer, a slang word for female genitals, and horn music)
o also “Tjald og lal og lir” (slang words for cannabis, fooling around, and being sexually aroused)
I have to tell you, I love these Danes, they are geniuses! Remember in my post “The evils of Sexual Repression” they were the ones that had a program subsidized by the Dutch government, the “Lang leve de liefde”(Long Live Love) package, developed in the late 1980s. That aims to give teenagers the skills to make their own decisions regarding health and sexuality.
Nearly all secondary schools provide sex education as part of biology classes and over half of primary schools discuss sexuality and contraception. The curriculum focuses on biological aspects of reproduction as well as on values, attitudes, communication and negotiation skills. The media has encouraged open dialogue and the health-care system guarantees confidentiality and a non-judgmental approach.
The Netherlands has one of the lowest teenage pregnancy rates in the world, and the Dutch approach is often seen as a model for other countries.
Wow!, a governmental policy called “Long Live Love”? Could you imagine that in the US, the UK, Germany or the Middle East?
Anyway, back to the fun!
* German – “Wein, Weib und Gesang” (wine, women and singing)
* Hindi/Urdu – “Kabab, Sharab aur Shabab” (meat, wine and women/beauty)
* Norwegian – “Piker, vin og sang” (women, wine and song)
* Polish – “Wino, kobiety i śpiew”
* Swedish – “Vin, kvinnor och sång” (wine, women and song)
o also “Bajen, bärs och rakade brudar” (a soccer team, beer, and women with shaved genitals)
As you can see like the Danes, the Swedes have their “hendiatris” totally happening!
“A soccer team, beer and women with shaved genitals!”
WOW! Now that is what I call a hendiatris!
Isn’t it amazing that all these different languages have this phrase?
“Sex, drugs and rock and roll” is a modern variation of it. The terms correspond to wine, women and song with edgier and updated vices. The term came to prominence in the sixties as rock and roll music, opulent and intensely public lifestyles, as well as what some saw as “liberal morals”, came into the mainstream.
“Rum, bum, and concertina” is a British naval equivalent. Another British naval equivalent is “rum, sodomy and the lash”.
“Rum, bum, and concertina”! Yeah Mon’ now there’s a song title!
Stay tuned as I feel that one coming on the horizon soon!
The phrase may have also originated with the following couplet:
“Who does not love wine, women and song / Remains a fool his whole life long.” this phrase is attributed to German poet Johann Heinrich Voss (1751–1826)
Voss’s full phrase is: Wer nicht liebt Wein, Weib und Gesang / Der bleibt ein Narr sein Lebelang (“He who loves not wine, women, and song / Remains a fool his whole life long”).
Isn’t that awesome. I love the way that sounds in German.
The waltz “Wine, Women and Song” (Wein, Weib und Gesang) is Op. 333 (1869) of Johann Strauss II.
The British poet and mystic Aleister Crowley, in his work “Energized Enthusiasm,” suggests that “wine, woman, and song” may be utilized towards the development of genius in the individual or the attainment of mystical states.
I agree so remember to keep things simple in life and focus on the three things you love the most! everything else should be a side dish.
Have a remarkably Merry Christmas and cherish the power of focusing on those you love and the things you love in life over the holidays!
My friend Dominic turned me on to this great quote by Bruce Lee that just reeks of truth!
“I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times.”
Much Much Much Love!