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06 / 04 / 2004

LYRICS or LETTERS?: meaning and examples

Good morning.

How would you complete the following sentence?

Do you know the __________ to the Rolling Stone's song "Satisfaction?"

a) letters
b) lyrics

Hopefully you chose (b). In English the words of a song are called lyrics and not letters. Letters are things you send to people in the mail, or the symbols that you use to spell words (a, b, c, d, e, f, etc.).

The difference is very simple, but nonetheless this false friend often causes confusion amongst English students.

Enjoy the rest of your day!