The Free Dictionary  
mailing list For webmasters
Welcome Guest Forum Search | Active Topics | Members

Can anybody help me ? "Bagpipe(s)" Options
Luc51
Posted: Wednesday, April 19, 2017 7:29:14 AM
Rank: Newbie

Joined: 4/19/2017
Posts: 3
Neurons: 15
Is this song title correct? :

Back Home With The Bagpipes Sound

Bagpipes or bagpipe ?
Sound of the bagpipes or bagpipe(s) sound ?

Many thanks.
NancyUK
Posted: Wednesday, April 19, 2017 11:23:41 AM

Rank: Advanced Member

Joined: 6/15/2011
Posts: 691
Neurons: 42,846
Luc51 wrote:
Is this song title correct? :

Back Home With The Bagpipes Sound

Bagpipes or bagpipe ?
Sound of the bagpipes or bagpipe(s) sound ?

Many thanks.


I would recommend:

Back Home with the Bagpipe's Sound (singular bagpipe)
Back Home with the Bagpipes' Sound (plural bagpipes)

Minor words such as with and the are not usually capitalised.

You can use the singular - bagpipe, or the plural - bagpipes, although the plural is perhaps a bit more commonly used and makes more sense to me, as there are numerous pipes involved! (I know they have technical names; chanter and drones, for example.)

Bagpipe is also a term for a chatterbox, although probably not very common.

I would live all my life in nonchalance and insouciance, Were it not for making a living, which is rather a nouciance. Ogden Nash
Luc51
Posted: Wednesday, April 19, 2017 11:36:31 AM
Rank: Newbie

Joined: 4/19/2017
Posts: 3
Neurons: 15
Thank you so much! You saved my day.
Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Wednesday, April 19, 2017 1:37:41 PM

Rank: Advanced Member

Joined: 9/12/2011
Posts: 26,414
Neurons: 141,722
Location: Livingston, Scotland, United Kingdom
"Officially" it is always (so far as I know) plural.
I've never seen a single bagpipe - though you never know.

It's a 'set of pipes'.



Wyrd bið ful aræd - bull!
Luc51
Posted: Thursday, April 20, 2017 3:54:20 AM
Rank: Newbie

Joined: 4/19/2017
Posts: 3
Neurons: 15
Thank you for your contribution.
NancyUK
Posted: Thursday, April 20, 2017 12:30:30 PM

Rank: Advanced Member

Joined: 6/15/2011
Posts: 691
Neurons: 42,846
Drag0nspeaker wrote:
"Officially" it is always (so far as I know) plural.
I've never seen a single bagpipe - though you never know.

It's a 'set of pipes'.



I thought the same thing as you, Drag0, but being a bit OCD I checked first. Surprisingly in BE up until the late 1800s the singular was predominant, being used 2 or 3 times more often than the plural. Even now, the difference is rather small.

Ngram viewer British English

Edit: to correct mistake (used singular twice, when I meant plural the second time.

I would live all my life in nonchalance and insouciance, Were it not for making a living, which is rather a nouciance. Ogden Nash
Users browsing this topic
Guest


Forum Jump
You cannot post new topics in this forum.
You cannot reply to topics in this forum.
You cannot delete your posts in this forum.
You cannot edit your posts in this forum.
You cannot create polls in this forum.
You cannot vote in polls in this forum.

Main Forum RSS : RSS
Forum Terms and Guidelines. Copyright © 2008-2017 Farlex, Inc. All rights reserved.