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Thread: "Strike a chord" or "strike a cord"?

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    A woman said to write like a man. Plot Device's Avatar
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    "Strike a chord" or "strike a cord"?

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    Cool

    chord..like in music....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Plot Device View Post
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    Strike a chord -- an idiom meaning to arouse an emotional response or resonance among your listeners.

    Strike a cord -- to hit a wire, line, or piece of wood...?

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    I'd say chord makes sense.
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    Why is a raven like a writing desk? The Lonely One's Avatar
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    As a guitarist, I would agree.

    A chord is a combination of single notes that are in a single key. The sound it produces means the notes have successfully been combined to create a consonant sound. It's a connection that is made.
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    Makes sense?
    Would agree?
    Holy cow! Would someone lock this thread, which was accurately answered by the first post, two minutes after the original question was posed.
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    Wake up on the wrong side of the bed, Bufty?
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    Probably. It's not unknown for us old guys to get in one side and fall out the other.
    Last edited by Bufty; 11-16-2008 at 09:58 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bufty View Post
    Probably. It's not unknown for us old guys to get in one side and fall out the other.
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    It's not unknown for us old guys to get in one side and fall out the other.
    Might have gotten hurt, too, if he hadn't landed on that cheerleader.


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    Damn! I thought I'd filled that hole in the ceiling. You quit spyin' on me, you dirty old man!

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    Might have gotten hurt, too, if he hadn't landed on that cheerleader.

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    I have to side with Bufty on this issue.

    There's nothing wrong with an expert on music (or firefighting or weapons or quilting) backing up another. What I find counterproductive are the gratuitous and very often wrong opinions and guesses offered.

    That and pretending the question hasn't already been answered and other self-serving agenda.

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    I googled BOTH phrases, and each had substantial hits to them. (Thus I came here.)

    http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q...rd%22&aq=f&oq=

    http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q...rike+a+cord%22

    Now I admit that "chord" had about 15 times more hits than "cord." But "cord" still has a fan following out there (a fan club quite possibly composed of lots of bad typists).
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    It's strike a chord.

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    I agree with Lisa. If strike a chord doesn't make much sense, think about this: a piano is a percussion instrument.
    Last edited by Prawn; 11-17-2008 at 02:55 AM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Prawn View Post
    I agree with Lisa. If strike a chord doesn't make much sense, think about this: piano is a percussion instrument.
    Prawn hammers his point down to the wire.

    But I axe you this, do I strike a cord when I split firewood? Just kidding. Sorry.

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    "Strike a chord" is an old idiom, and since the earliest attestation is to a harp, it does make sense when we think about it a bit.

    Keep in mind that in stringed instruments when you play a chord, you strike it or strum the strings--it's a percussive act, forcing the strings to vibrate. Think about the line in the Christmas carol: "Deck the Halls"--"Strike the harp and join the chorus."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Plot Device View Post
    I googled BOTH phrases, and each had substantial hits to them. (Thus I came here.)

    http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q...rd%22&aq=f&oq=

    http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q...rike+a+cord%22

    Now I admit that "chord" had about 15 times more hits than "cord." But "cord" still has a fan following out there (a fan club quite possibly composed of lots of bad typists).

    To be fair to the Strike a Cord search, the first lot are all either people asking the same question, obvious misspellings ( I mean if they are talking about music it's definitely chord) or people talking about corduroy, which I somehow doubt is the subject for your question

    Whereas the Strike a Chord search has dictionary definitions in teh first few.

    A dead give away




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    Quote Originally Posted by IdiotsRUs View Post
    or people talking about corduroy
    Which doesn't exactly mean "cloth of the king".
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    It is chord.

    Go look it up in real dictionaries instead of using the internet.
    The fact that you have seen professionals write poorly is no reason for you to imitate them.

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    I don't get it. Did I piss someone off?

    Strike that, I don't give a shit even if I did.(or should I say "strike that chord").
    Last edited by The Lonely One; 11-17-2008 at 04:22 AM.
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    I see what's needed here is some scarletpeaches clarification magicks.

    The correct answer is:

    CHORD.

    Shut the shit down on this thread, yo.

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