May 14, 2013 - submitted by Ashley, United States of America

Q. Hello Oracle! I was reading Roadie #42's blogs and I came across the word "tympani". I was just wondering if this is a word made up by Coldplay and staff (like Xylobands) or is it a typo for the word "timpani"? Thank you!

The Oracle replies:

Tympani is a legitimate alternative spelling for timpani; I prefer the latter to be honest.