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2004-04-20, 07:04
Just to second the initial dutch remark.

An akkordeon in Germany is nicknamed Quetschkommode (I didn't find a good example, but e.g. http://www5.boot.de/cipp/md_boot/custom/pub/content,lang,1/ticket,g_u_e_s_t/oid,8596). According to my favorite online dictionary this is a squeezebox (http://dict.leo.org/?search=quetschkommode&searchLoc=0&relink=on&spellToler=std&sectHdr=on&tableBorder=1&cmpType=relaxed&lang=de).

Is this term used in everydays English for the instrument?

Did they intend that at slimdevices? Is it a hidden remark on behalf of the favorite music of Dean or even on the only instrument Sean ever lerand to play?

Regards

Wolfgang

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On Tue, 20 Apr 2004 06:22:21 -0400, "PAUL WILLIAMSON"
<pwilliamson (AT) mandtbank (DOT) com> said:
> >>> landen-slimp (AT) frg (DOT) eur.nl 04/20/04 05:19 AM >>>
> <snip>
> >BTW, As a non native speaker I didn't realize until >?>recently that
> >'Squeezebox' was the English name for what we call >Harmonica in Holland:
> >http://www.geocities.com/heytud/sb101/
>
> That's funny - what you guys call a harmonica looks
> a whole lot like an accordion. A harmonica (to us)
> is something you blow into. The Blues Traveller has
> a harmonica in a lot of his songs, while I can't think
> of a single modern muscian that plays an accordion.

In fact in Holland we normally use the word accordeon as well. But the
word (trek)harmonica is also used (maybe the two apply to different
instruments). We also use the word 'harmonica' for the kind you put in
your mouth.

In the following Dutch website both accordeon and trekharmonica are
presented as different categories:

http://www.accordeontheek.nl/

At first glance the accordeons look like a more modern type, with piano
style keys...

Regards,
Peter

Graham Scott
2004-04-21, 08:44
Spookily, from today's Guardian in the G2 section:

"Why I Love The Squeezebox

The squeezebox, or melodeon as it is called in polite society, is not a
mother-of-pearl encrusted goliath with an over indulgence of piano keys
down one side and zillions of buttons down the other. That is a piano
accordion and is to be avoided. A squeezebox is a neat wooden instrument
about the size of a shoebox with 10 buttons down one side and two on the
other, more than enough for anyone. From a distance, it looks like an
Enigma machine and its inner workings are equally mysterious. Piano
accordian players are usually called Jock or Luciano and sport bow ties
and a yard of teeth. They can read music and like to show off by playing
in lots of different keys. Squeezebox players answer to anything, read
nothing apart from Exchange and Mart, haven't got any teeth and can only
play in 2 keys - which again, is more than enough for anyone.

The squeezebox bravely takes on all kinds of music - sea shanties, folk
songs, Victorian marches, polkas and, best of all, the chanky-chank beat
of Cajun music. It is a perfect instrument for anyone whose musical
training has been limited to banging a dustbin lid with a stick. It is
strident enough to be heard over a bar of noisy rugby players and
portable enough to be quickly packed up the moment said rugby players
get restless.

Most important of all, the squeezebox is sexy. Although it lacks the
phallic thrust of the guitar or the animal magnetism of the drums, the
sensuous easing of its bellows, back and forth, drives women crazy.
That's what my wife says. In fact she is so concerned that my squeezebox
will enflame other women she insists that I play it in the shed at the
bottom of the garden.

Martin Day"

kdf
2004-04-21, 09:34
wow, that's incredibly short for the Guardian ;)
-kdf

Quoting Graham Scott <g (AT) hindsight (DOT) it>:

> Spookily, from today's Guardian in the G2 section:
>
> "Why I Love The Squeezebox
>
> The squeezebox, or melodeon as it is called in polite society, is not a
> mother-of-pearl encrusted goliath with an over indulgence of piano keys
> down one side and zillions of buttons down the other. That is a piano
> accordion and is to be avoided. A squeezebox is a neat wooden instrument
> about the size of a shoebox with 10 buttons down one side and two on the
> other, more than enough for anyone. From a distance, it looks like an
> Enigma machine and its inner workings are equally mysterious. Piano
> accordian players are usually called Jock or Luciano and sport bow ties
> and a yard of teeth. They can read music and like to show off by playing
> in lots of different keys. Squeezebox players answer to anything, read
> nothing apart from Exchange and Mart, haven't got any teeth and can only
> play in 2 keys - which again, is more than enough for anyone.
>
> The squeezebox bravely takes on all kinds of music - sea shanties, folk
> songs, Victorian marches, polkas and, best of all, the chanky-chank beat
> of Cajun music. It is a perfect instrument for anyone whose musical
> training has been limited to banging a dustbin lid with a stick. It is
> strident enough to be heard over a bar of noisy rugby players and
> portable enough to be quickly packed up the moment said rugby players
> get restless.
>
> Most important of all, the squeezebox is sexy. Although it lacks the
> phallic thrust of the guitar or the animal magnetism of the drums, the
> sensuous easing of its bellows, back and forth, drives women crazy.
> That's what my wife says. In fact she is so concerned that my squeezebox
> will enflame other women she insists that I play it in the shed at the
> bottom of the garden.
>
> Martin Day"
>
>