I was asked recently about word order in the Rihanna song "S&M". There is a line in the chorus that uses the word order of "chains and whips":
Sticks and stones may break my bones, but chains and whips excite me
As a native English speaker (grew-up in the Northeast part of the US), it seems like the word order should be reversed to "whips and chains" - and is how I would write the sentence:
Sticks and stones may break my bones, but whips and chains excite me
Is this merely a case of artistic license? I have been unable to find an official grammar rule (or rule of thumb) that indicates a shorter single-syllable word should come first in a list, but it doesn't sound the way I would expect it to.
Not asking about the good or bad things which may be present in the song - this is just about word order and how the sentence sounds