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The US associates "Auld Lang Syne" with the New Year, but not everyone does.

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After the ball drops in Times Square on New Year's Eve, the crowd cheers, couples kiss, confetti flies and the song you hear is "Auld Lang Syne." For Americans this song is associated with another year passing, but it means something else entirely in other cultures. Since the Scottish poet Robert Burns first published the words to the song in the 18th century, the melody has been adapted as a soccer ballad in the Netherlands, a graduation song in Japan, and more.

This video explains how an obscure Scottish folk tune took on new life around the world and how Guy Lombardo solidified it as the sound the US hears at the stroke of midnight on New Year's Eve.

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Here's our last video of 2018! Happy New Year everyone 🍾✨✨
Adeyinka Bada
Lol I stay in Scotland and we had an assembly in school about this I didn’t know anyone else in the world actually knew this and (we did the dance thing.) this was on burns night
Krazy Kaila
I came here to find the variant that they used for 2002.
isays
i dont know what it is about that melody, but even without lyrics it just _sounds_ so mournful that I feel like crying :/
I was choking back tears for like half of this video
Kim Z24
In Quebec it tends to be more of a funeral hymn.
R C
Thank you so much for this explanation!!
Patrick Connor
SCOTLAND
this song is best played on the bagpipes
Gabriela Clemente
We have different lyrics for it in Brazilian Portuguese, we all it The Farewell Waltz, and it makes me cry like nobody’s business...
Joyce Phang
I came in not knowing it was this same song. When i hear this piece, sorrows just came to me. I have heard this song at funerals, and i wish i won't have to again. I rmb so clearly this song was play when my dad casket was being push in the furnaces. That a moment i can never forget.
Apostolos Kedikidis
In Greece it's a melancholy nostalgic goodbye song
Mansoor Shah
In Pakistan we play it on Graduation day in "Pakistan Military Academy"
Lora St.
The real question is: Why are Americans so fascinated by a glowing ball going up and down a pole the same speed once a year?
Damon Philbrick
New Auld Lang Syne by Less Than Jake brought me here👊
dinan vireno
This song is about sound-of-owl-in-midnight in Indonesia..
kurosan
That was a wonderful video, thank you!
JasmineSkyy
I did not realize the song had lyrics...
Kirsten Elizabeth Allen
I’m from Scotland and I thought it was just us that sang Auld Lang Syne for Hogmanay.
Chiken Liken
Where I’m from, we play it before midnight on New Year’s Eve
TA TINN
If you stay in any department store that is closing in 10-15min, this song will come on, over the PA.
P I L O S O P A U L
In the Philippines it is popular during JS Proms
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Why we say “OK” The New Year's Eve song, explained 2 days ago   05:22

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How a cheesy joke from the 1830s became the most widely spoken word in the world.

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OK is thought to be the most widely recognized word on the planet. We use it to communicate with each other, as well as our technology. But it actually started out as a language fad in the 1830’s of abbreviating words incorrectly.

Young intellectuals in Boston came up with several of these abbreviations, including “KC” for “knuff ced,” “OW” for “oll wright,” and KY for “know yuse.” But thanks to its appearance in Martin Van Buren’s 1840 presidential re-election campaign as the incumbents new nickname, Old Kinderhook, OK outlived its abbreviated comrades.

Later, widespread use by early telegraph operators caused OK to go mainstream, and its original purpose as a neutral affirmative is still how we use it today.

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