June 27, 2009

walking on the moon

People of my generation will remember Michael Jackson at the height of his fame, when he radiated talent, charm, and energy and made us all stare at the TV screen with our mouths open.

Everybody switched on MTV to watch his "Thriller" video. Everybody wanted to have a red leather jacket. And everybody wanted to be able to do the moonwalk, a dance move not invented by MJ, but one that even the Oxford English Dictionary associates with him: "a kind of exaggeratedly slow dance intended to evoke the characteristic weightless movement of astronauts walking on the moon...., associated principally with Michael Jackson (b. 1958), U.S. singer" (OED).

Sadly, at some point, the weightlessness disappeared. Read the obituary in the New York Times here.

And don't miss out on this correction, which includes a mondegreen.

An article on Friday about the death of Michael Jackson misstated the number of songs from his album “Off the Wall” that became No. 1 singles. There were two, not four. The article also misstated part of a comment that Mr. Jackson’s brother Jermaine offered for Mr. Jackson after speaking with reporters. He said, “May Allah be with you always,” not “May our love be with you always.”

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