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a short song


ditty = das Liedchen



“Dylan Thomas’s drinking DITTY to be published for first time… impromptu verse written in London pub is likely to fetch five-figure sum.”

Caroline Davies - The Guardian

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- a short, simple song
- a short song or poem intended to be sung to a simple melody

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Early 14th century from Old French “ditie” a composition, poem, or treatise; from Latin “dictatum” something that is dictated (saying or reading something aloud so that it can be recorded or written down).


According to the Guinness World Records “Happy Birthday to You” (also known as “Happy Birthday”) is the most recognized song in the English language. The song’s lyrics have been translated into at least 37 languages.

Although “Happy Birthday” is now in the public domain, Warner Chappell Music had previously claimed copyright for it in the US and had been collecting around $2-million each year in licensing fees. In 2015 the copyright claim was declared invalid and Warner Chappell agreed to pay back $14-million to ex-licence holders.


A year-long survey by the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester measured the speed with which 12,000 people recognized famous songs. The Top-10 most easily recognized were:

1.  Spice Girls - Wannabe: 2.29 seconds
2.  Lou Bega - Mambo No 5: 2.48 seconds
3.  Survivor - Eye of the Tiger: 2.62 seconds
4.  Lady Gaga - Just Dance: 2.66 seconds
5.  ABBA - SOS: 2.73 seconds
6.  Roy Orbison - Pretty Woman: 2.73 seconds
7.  Michael Jackson - Beat It: 2.80 seconds
8.  Whitney Houston - I Will Always Love You: 2.83 seconds
9.  The Human League - Don’t You Want Me: 2.83 seconds
10. Aerosmith - I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing: 2.84 seconds

SYNONYMS (for song)

air, anthem, aria, ballad, canticle, canzonet, chorale, chorus, cradle song, golden oldie, DITTY, jingle, lilt, number, piece, plainsong, plainchant, refrain, release, serenade, shanty, single, song, track, tune

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