RIFF: a segment of a piece of music which is repeated using variations on the theme


The musical definition for the word riff is the origin of the word as we know it today.   Garner tells us that it is actually an older word having no connection to its current usage.*   Most dictionaries indicate that it is a shortened form of the word “refrain,” which is a repeated portion […]

JIBE or JIVE?: common error

I have to admit that I had to look up the answer to this dilemma before I was confident enough to raise the question.   When someone says that something doesn’t line up properly, should they say That just didn’t jibe properly…or…. That just didn’t jive properly I thought I knew the answer, but everyone around […]