Black and White Keys
2009-08-08 2 Comments
An arbitrary choice made about three hundred years ago could instead have resulted in a whole different set of words and phrases. The forte man playing forte music in the forte bar. A forte roll being pumped through a forteola. You’ve heard of of Joe ‘Mr Forte’ Henderson, the films – Campion’s "The Forte", Polanski’s "The Forteist". Signage, like "Don’t shoot the Forte Player", "teeth like forte keys". Ladies of dubious virtue advertising forte lessons. And what of the rhyming slang? I can’t actually think of a girl’s name which, unlike Joanna, rhymes with forte.