A shameful misdesignation of that which is a "song" and that which ain't

This tragic error was noticed today on the jazz website Grooves, Hark! dot com. An INSTRUMENTAL piece was unfortunately labelled a "song" and thrice identified as such, even though this track - "You Don't Know What Love Is" - contains no vocals!



What could have caused such a large and ghastly blunder? This website seems arrogantly to have presumed that all tracks are "songs", when in fact a "song" has to have singing in it. It is sung. However, if you make a "sound thing" that contains only instruments, this is not a song. These "sound things" are frequently abominable, especially modern styles of music such as "acid rock".

The alternative word "track" is also a mistake, as "track" may only describe a railtrack or racetrack but not a music track because that confuses the ignorant and the stupid.

I suppose the younger generation will claim that "song" is the only word they know. This is reason enough to close the schools, but perhaps I am being too hasty. Maybe we could simply find the perpetrator responsible and re-educate him or her or him. From the picture above, we see that this web designer was probably distracted by a "Play Station".

The distractions of modern technology can, as we see, make us kill other people, or at least poison their English with word misuse and ridiculous hyperbole.

The other acceptable variant on these unacceptable appellations is a "tune", as this word was used before the war when music was reasonable. However, since the modern advent of disco, one often hears young people calling tunes "choons", which is eminently rubbish.

On the other hand, is it possible that "You Don't Know What Love Is" really is a song? It contains John Coltrane's trumpet, an instrument which surely does "sing" better than most human voices surely could. Therefore, this error is in fact not an error at all! So there.