Welcome to another Tiggeriffic Trivia Tuesday! Today I am talking about Ursula’s Spell. Do you know the meaning behind those couple lines that take away Ariel’s voice? I was listening to Ursula’s song in Disney’s The Little Mermaid that she sings when she steals Ariel’s voice and was wondering what the unknown words meant, so I looked them up. Let’s find out together!
“Beluga sevruga ,Come winds of the Caspian Sea, Larynx Glossitis, et max laryngitis,
La voce to me”
Ursula’s Spell Meaning:
♫Beluga Sevruga, Come winds of the Caspian Sea♫ -one of the highest priced varieties of caviar, eclipsed in cost only by the Beluga and Ossetra varieties. It is harvested from the Sevruga sturgeon, native to the Caspian Sea.
Why Ursula mentions caviar is beyond me. According to Disney Wikia, Atlantica is in the North Atlantic Ocean near Denmark. Maybe Ursula was summoning special powers from the Caspian Sea considering it is not all that close to Atlantica.
♫Larynx♫ – the part of the respiratory tract between the pharynx and the trachea
♫Glossitis♫ – is a condition in which the tongue is swollen and changes color, often making the surface of the tongue appear smooth.
Ariel’s tongue doesn’t appear to become swollen. Now her throat begins to glow,
♫Et max laryngitis♫ – Et is the French equivalent of “and”. So it means to say, ‘And max laryngitis’ with laryngitis being an inflammation of the larynx which results in people losing their voice.
♫La voce to me♫ – basically in Italian is, “Give me the voice”
So now you know a little more about the words Ursula uttered. Good thing Ariel and her friends were able to break her silly curse!
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