Monday, February 7, 2011

What is an anthem?

An anthem

is a song that symbolizes the values, aspiration, beliefs and victories of a country and the people that make part of it.

Singing the anthem invokes a feeling of being a part of a group, of an identity and invokes sentiments of patriotism and civic responsibility.

So when singer Cristina Aguilera messed up the lines at SuperBowl night, the news was all over the world.

"Aguilera flubs national anthem at SuperBowl"

"Cristina Aguilera's Star-Spangled Fail"

"Cristina Aguilera mangles Star-Spangled Banner"

"Cristina Aguilera re-wrote the Star-Spangled Banner"

"Cristina Aguilera forgets Star-Spangled Banner lyrics"

"Cristina Aguilera's Big Star-Spangled Banner Mishap"



Why is everyone making a big thing out of the incident? She's only human. Everybody makes mistakes.
Who hasn't ever forgotten the lyrics of the national anthem?

Take a look at the news headlines. What are the verbs used?

What do you think can make a person forget his/her national anthem?