A friend of mine is an English teacher, but he's always enjoyed listening to the sound of music in the classroom while he works, so I'm thinking he's looking for a change of job soon. Maybe these notes I found on his desk will help me figure out his (not so) new interest?

e eay ie r w - iea 𝄇


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I'm not so convinced your friend actually is looking for a new occupation - I think he's pretty much an English teacher through and through, although he really does like...

...The Sound of Music, doesn't he?!

He has a song stuck in his head, for sure. Namely:

Do-Re-Mi from the 1959 musical, in which the Von Trapp children are introduced to the Solfège method of teaching musical notes via a chorus which goes:

Do, a deer, a female deer
Re, a drop of golden sun
Mi, a name I call myself
Fa, a long, long way to run
So, a needle pulling thread
La, a note to follow So
Ti, a drink with jam and bread
That will bring us back to Do (oh, oh, oh...)

What your teacher friend has gone and done, however, is...

...treated this as a spelling test and corrected all the spellings!

e = Add 'e' to 'Do' to make 'Doe' (a deer, a female deer);
eay = Remove 'e' from 'Re' and add 'ay' to make 'Ray' (a drop of golden sun);
ie = Replace 'i' in 'Mi' with 'e' to make 'Me' (a name I call myself);
r = Add 'r' to 'Fa' to make 'Far' (a long, long way to run);
w = Add 'w' to 'So' to make 'Sow' (a needle pulling thr- Wait, a sec...);
- = Do nothing to 'La - that one's fine!
iea = Remove 'i' from 'Ti' and add 'ea' to make 'Tea' (a drink with jam and bread);
𝄇 = A musical repeat symbol, because that brings us back to Do!

Only one problem though...

He's made a spelling error of his own. 'Sow' should be spelled 'Sew' in a needlecraft context. Perhaps he really should be looking for a different profession after all...!

  • $\begingroup$ I shouldn't write these on the train! You got it, well done. Do you think I should fix the mistake? $\endgroup$ Jan 26, 2023 at 10:05
  • $\begingroup$ @simonalexander2005 Ha, entirely up to you :) I think it adds character! (But if you do decide to fix it, I'll amend my answer also...) $\endgroup$
    – Stiv
    Jan 26, 2023 at 10:11

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