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Old 9th April 2017
Lives for gear

Originally Posted by AuldLangSine View Post
This lyric takes the cake that was left out in the rain:

No one I think is in my tree; I mean it must be high or low
That is you know you can't tune it, but it's all right;
That is I think it's not too bad.


from that gem-- Strawberry Fields Forever
But that's a guy who KNOWS the language PLAYING with the language. And that's why he's able to create something that makes its own kind of sense.

A lot of these scenarios are a case by case basis. Y' works because it works or it doesn't because it doesn't. Non-native speakers are typically at a disadvantage here but some (I'm thinking of some Swedish pop-writers/artists in particular), seem to be able to turn it to their advantage in writing dumb-words-that-work in a more interesting/novel way than native speakers can.