Why tick-tock and not tock-tick ?

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  1. sharukh

    sharukh Registered User
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    Heck, I never knew that I already knew. If that makes any sense.

    And yes this is clock related, there's even an image of a clock (albeit cuckoo) on the web page.

    The Times Group

    Sharukh

    ps: I checked and this seemed to be the correct place to post this. If I am wrong, could the moderator please shift it to the correct place ?
     
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    Interesting, thanks for sharing
     
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    It's tock-tick in the southern hemisphere. :D

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  4. novicetimekeeper

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    It would be interesting to know what they say in other languages. If you have never researched what people say for animal noises in other languages try it you might get a bit of a shock.
     
  5. Uhralt

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    Interesting. the sequence appears to be based on the pitch of the sound, from high to low. It is similar in German: Tick-tack for the clock and I-aa for the sound a donkey makes.

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    Haven't the time to read the articles now but it is entry and exit points, different sounds. If you could force the clock to run backwards it would be tock tick.
     
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    that's the grammatical side of the equation. the sound side is that most popular music is based on four-beat measures... 1, 2, 3, 4.

    snare drums typically hit the back beat on 2 and 4. the funkier/more danceable the music, the more the 2 and 4 are accentuated... one TWO three FOUR... it keeps the music moving. musicians often joke about george and barbara bush (for example) listening to funky dance music and clapping on one and three... ONE two THREE four... this will have the effect of slowing things down, whereas one TWO three FOUR keeps things moving... a little hard to explain, but second nature to this professional bass player!

    this is part of the reason tick TOCK makes more sense to us... the higher/lighter sound will be registered first, with the lower sound answering... tick TOCK tick TOCK, one TWO three FOUR.

    we're used to it grammatically, and unconsciously from the music we've listened to all our lives.
     
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    Yes. :) clocks are not only musical but they can also often work in unision.
    The main point about keeping the beat though is equal spacing between 1_2_3_4
     
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    Liked this one better.
     
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  12. Uhralt

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    I like them both.

    Uhralt
     

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