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Grammar Lessons

OK people, here are two lessons in grammar and lexicography for you:

Plural Possessives

taken from here

Most plural nouns already end in s. To create their possessive, simply add an apostrophe after the s:

  • The Pepins' house is the big blue one on the corner.
  • The lions' usual source of water has dried up.
  • The gases' odors mixed and became nauseating.
  • The witches' brooms were hidden in the corner.
  • The babies' beds were all in a row.


In this song, since he says something like "en-nem-eez-aiz" he must be singing about plural enemies. They own multiple eyes each, so the correct orthography is:

enemies' eyes

Dictionary Definitions

It is important to distinguish in writing two words that most people (myself included) do not enunciate clearly:

cav·al·ry - kav-uhl-ree

taken from here
  1. Military.
    1. the part of a military force composed of troops that serve on horseback.
    2. mounted soldiers collectively.
    3. the motorized, armored units of a military force organized for maximum mobility.
  2. horsemen, horses, etc., collectively.

-Origin: 1585–95; syncopated var. of cavallery < It cavalleria, deriv. of cavaliere cavalier-

Cal·va·ry - kal-vuh-ree

taken from here
  1. Golgotha, the place where Jesus was crucified. Luke 23:33.
  2. (often lowercase) a sculptured representation of the Crucifixion, usually erected in the open air.
  3. (lowercase) an experience or occasion of extreme suffering, esp. mental suffering.

-Origin: < LL Calvāria Calvary < L calvāria a skull, used to translate Gk kraníon cranium, itself a trans. of the Aramaic name; see Golgotha-

( even notes the common transposition of pronunciation between these two words on their page for irrelevant.)


I hear Jerusalem bells a-ringing
Roman calvary choirs are singing
Be my mirror, my sword and shield
My missionaries in a foreign field

We can see that Chris Martin is plainly singing about religiously overtoned subjects. The subtitle to the album, Death And All His Friends, makes it clear that the protagonist of these lyrics is Death anthropomorphized. It is confusing, since the third line uses military imagery, but (since the Judeo-Christian context is set) it is unlikely he is talking about a horse-mounted choir. Instead, he is using the third definition of calvary, one of two to take the lower case. Therefore, he is taking about a Catholic, suffering vocal group, not Caesar's horseback army vocalizing.

--Åqúàŧĩkī - É - Ŧ 08:42, 24 May 2008 (EDT)

Aquatiki is Wrong

Sounds like he sings "Roman Catholic choirs are singing" to me - figure we'll all find out when we read the CD insert come the 12th! -  Joseph  Talk  19:45, 8 June 2008 (EDT)

The artwork in the album and lyrics in the Japanese version both say 'cavalry'. -- I need a name 11:14, 12 June 2008 (EDT)
In addition to that, if one should listen closely to the song, you can clearly hear he is saying "cavalry". David.L 14:09, 12 June 2008 (EDT)
You all are right.  :-( boo hoo hoo. Man, I despise Chris Martin now! --Åqúàŧĩkī - É - Ŧ 14:38, 12 June 2008 (EDT) P.S. I put up the goear link so you can hear how wrong I was!
If you watch the "video cover version" of the song and factor in the songs name and cover art then the song's lyrics seem to be autobiagraphical and sung in the first person by someone such as Napoleon or Louis XVI but probably Charles X as throughout the video he is holding a famous French picture, "Liberty Leading the People" (also the cover art), depicting the July Revolution in 1830 against Charles X.User:Pen5rod
Indeed he sings Roman Catholic choirs are singing... — The preceding unsigned comment was added by (talk).
He sings "Roman cavalry", the lyrics on the album insert clearly say cavalry. Warlord Fred (talk) 20:28, November 15, 2012 (UTC)

While we're on the subject

It's 'won't', not 'will'. 'Will' completely contradicts the rest of the song. -- I need a name 19:04, 16 June 2008 (EDT)

I know. I've reverted the guy once and was about to do it again. I'm almost tempted to lock the pages again ... --Åqúàŧĩkī - É - Ŧ 19:06, 16 June 2008 (EDT)
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