Maple syrup on my elbows. I really like to watch the dynamics of the behind-the-counter Waffle House staff. Especially when one is cranky, one is hung over, and another is going through a relationship trauma. Life's vicissitudes, condensed into a live 5-minute cooking show. With maple syrup.
Yesss.... :) I love Waffle Hose too. The jukebox with silly Waffle-House-themed songs on it (as well as more recognizable ones), the ancient photos of food hung way up by the ceiling, the waitresses who shout your incomprehensible hash browns order at the toothless cooks from only about three feet away...
Yes!!! Yes!! I jones for Waffle House Cheese 'n Eggs (I know, but they spell it with just the one apostrophe...) all the time! In fact I just braved the smoke and grease to have some on Sunday! Food of the gods...
A friend and I call it Waffle Hose for the same reason--the U in the sign was burned out.
Well, I s'pose, but a doorbell definitely goes bing-bong, and as far as I can hear the bong there is a tone issue.
Moving to Indonesian, it doesn't really have long vowels. So a small bell might go keling and a big one kelung, but both vowels are short. On the other hand, there are plenty of Javanese words that have crept into the language and Javanese does have something of a tradition of allowing lengthening of vowels for rhetorical effect. Thus, a word like gede, small, has a standard pronunciation with two short vowels, but if you feel like exaggerating you can go to town on the last one. Lastly, I remember a girl once joking about a bitil (nonce word) being a very small botol, bottle.
Somehow I knew this pleasurable thread was heading towards Mixbury. (toponym derived from the Old English mixen-burgh, meaning "fortification near dung-heap") - in the sense that dung was bound to enter the conversation! Good comedy again, from sionnach's witty pen.
My feeling about ding/dong and bing/bong is that little bells "ding" or "bing", bigger bells "dong" or "bong". So in my mind there is a size difference behind the pitch difference. Tick/tock I'd have a harder time shoehorning into a size or intensity difference.
My first thought was "cream of wheat! Ick!" Why not just eat glue?
Hernesheir, that's a very interesting observation. Have you found it to be pretty universal? That is, is the effect due to the broadened vowel, do you think, or is the broadened vowel the cause of the meaning?
I like to ponder word pairs such as grit/groat, bing/bong, stamp/stomp, stick/stock, tick/tock, plink/plonk/plunk where a broadening of the vowel in the second of the pair marks an increase in size or intensity.
A similar phenomenon occurs in some English strong verbs such as sink/sank/sunk, where, if one thinks about it, the "finality of sinking" seems to increase as the vowel broadens in the tense changes.
I like to think of grits (especially the yellow variety) as nascent polenta - leave the leftovers (one always makes too much, if one does it correctly) in the pan or in the icebox overnight, and Hey Presto! - polenta is born. Then those leftovers suddenly can be prepared in the Italian style.
Yeah baby! I could LIVE on grits (having acquired the taste for them during my 6 years in Atlanta, Georgia). I do remember that in my pre-vegan days, nothing beat a bowl of cheddar cheese grits topped with a fried egg.
These days it's a heap of organic Smart Balance and lots of salt & pepper to compliment my critter-friendly bowl of grits. They still taste fantastic!