Kazooistry - The serious attempt to integrate a kazoo section into the wind instrument group of major symphonic music.
First promoted by Joy Morton, of Morton "When it rains, it pours" Salt, who wanted to contribute some of his wealth to worthy efforts, and because his mother and daughter were delighted by his own play of family favorites on the kazoo. (Strangely, only his wife is known to have voiced any regret over his plan.) He is well known for contributions to the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry, but the brief, flawed effort to enhance the repute of kazoo music is little known. Only one performance was attempted by Theodore Thomas, original director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. It is said that he would have missed his chance at the directorship if he had recommended a repeat of the single performance.
Since that time, the kazoo has joined the slide whistle as infamous musical instruments. The well known Silly Symphonies produced by Walt Disney in the 1930s notably rejected inclusion of the kazoo in the popular cartoons.
[Take every contribution to the WotD archives, those from me anyway, with several grains of salt (Morton or another brand). Some of us have little honor and less care for the morality of our contributions, content with casuistry
It would probably be a good idea to promote some honest attempts to use the WotD in the way the quoted examples do. If only we who sneer and make snide use of the words participate here, these fine words will join the kazoo in the pile of rejected stuff. MidasKnight and others who visit may want to offer support for these words while the mean spirited among us
continue our japes and mocking contributions.
Words are a game. Sometimes I play alone, but you are welcome to play, too.