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'The pants are blowing in the wind'

DEFINITION: n. A misheard or misunderstood lyric, which gives the song a completely different meaning than originally intended. v. To misinterpret a song because you "hear" different words than the ones actually being sung.

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Answerblowsinyourwind

Created by: abrakadeborah

Pronunciation: An-sir-blows-in-your-wind

Sentence: Dylan,sings as people hear Answerblowsinyourwind missing the meaning.

Etymology: Answer: A reply to another person or people by singing or speaking or as a written reply,as to a question. Blows: To cause to move by means of a current of by expeling (air) from the mouth as in singing. In: Located inside;inner,incoming; inward.(such as in your mind in your ears or memory) Your:Of, belonging to, or associated with you. Wind:Moving air carrying sound (In this case lyrics of music that blows like a wind through your mind as you process what you think you are hear. Such as > "The Answer My Twin Is Bowling In The Bin" :)~

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that was an exhausting etymology but worth getting to the end to read the last bit - Jabberwocky, 2009-05-05: 11:17:00

Ah come on Jabber...you know you have enough time to read...LOL! OK JUST foryou I broke it down to a smaller etymology :) Thx though for liking atleast part of it :)) I can't help I'm a detailed artist...hehehe - abrakadeborah, 2009-05-06: 06:58:00

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Mondegreen

Created by: theodrixx

Pronunciation: Mawn-deh-green

Sentence: I discovered a mondegreen just the other day; I heard Jimi Hendrix's lyrics in Purple Haze, "excuse me while I kiss the sky" as being "excuse me while I kiss this guy."

Etymology: Named for an instance of this phenomenon during a reading of a poem, where in the line "and laid him on the green" was heard as "and Lady Mondegreen."

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nice one - galwaywegian, 2010-11-17: 18:52:00

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Songfusion

Created by: mweinmann

Pronunciation: song - few - shun

Sentence: Leo, Saul and Carrie sang the 100 greatest rock ballads with great zeal and songfusion. Some of their favs' were Knockin' on Evan's Door, Only the Homely and Lady Hen Read. Although their harmonizing, music and enthusiasm was contageous, their lyrics were often quite different than the originals and often quite amusing. http://digitaldreamdoor.nutsie.com/pages/best_balladsddd.html

Etymology: song, confusion, fuse (blend: mix together different elements)

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mrskellyscl I have a friend who spent years singing "Robbin the cashbox" for Rockin the Casbah" - mrskellyscl, 2009-05-05: 09:39:00

I always thought it was f--- the Casbah - actually if you listen closely you'll probably agree with me - Jabberwocky, 2009-05-05: 11:22:00

I always thought Johnny Rivers' sang "Secret Asian Man"...I mean really listen to those words and you would think the same! - Nosila, 2009-05-05: 22:23:00

Hey, Secret Asian Man would be a great theme for a Jackie Chan movie! - Nosila, 2009-05-05: 22:32:00

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Misunderheard

mrskellyscl

Created by: mrskellyscl

Pronunciation: mis-under-herd

Sentence: Grandma shrugged, "You kids today with your hippity-hop and stupid lyrics -- why when I was young we had songs with meaning!" She sighed wistfully and began to sing to herself, "Knock, knock, knocking on Kevin's door." Grandpa stood up, "You've been singing that song wrong for the past 50 years, old woman. It's "Knock, knock knockin' on heaven's door" for crying out loud." "Well, I guess I misunderheard the lyrics, excuuuuuse me. And if you correct me again in front of the grandkids you'll be knock, knock, knockin' on heaven's door sooner than you think."

Etymology: misunderstood: improperly understood or interpreted + heard

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COMMENTS:

wonderful word... - mweinmann, 2009-05-05: 08:34:00

I just noticed that you used one of the same song title's in your sentence as I did....only I think Kevin is funnier tha Evan!!! - mweinmann, 2009-05-05: 08:34:00

There's a herd of misunderheard today! Goodjob, mrsk! - Nosila, 2009-05-05: 22:15:00

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Adversapropism

Created by: emdeejay

Pronunciation: Add verse à propism

Sentence: Wayne was of those amateur guitarists who seemed to know only half the words of the songs in his repertoire. When he gave his son an impromptu rendition of what he *thought* was "Sonny Be Good", his wife gave him the nickname "Dog Berry"

Etymology: Verse: component of a song that isn't a chorus. Malapropism: misuse of words, often humorously. Adverse: That doesn't sound quite right does it?

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clever combo - Jabberwocky, 2009-05-05: 11:13:00

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Misconsturpulate

hyperborean

Created by: hyperborean

Pronunciation: mis-con-sterp-you-layt

Sentence: History Lesson: Dylan didn't want people to misconsturpulate "Subterranean Homesick Blues," so he wrote key lyrics on flash cards and displayed them during the song ... and filmed the whole thing. The music video was born.

Etymology: misconstrue (to misinterpret) + extrapolate (to infer [unknown information] from known information) + my quirky spelling and pronunciation sound funnier

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flawless, once again, word, etymology, and as always the sentence - DrWebster111, 2009-05-06: 00:31:00

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Mystlyrical

Created by: Jabberwocky

Pronunciation: mist/leer/i/cal

Sentence: One of the funniest mystlyricals I've heard was an interpretation of a line from the Eagles Hotel California 'On a dark desert highway, cool whip in my hair'

Etymology: mystical (secret)+ lyric + missed

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It's a lot like verbotomy...You can check out, but you can never leave! - Nosila, 2009-05-05: 22:17:00

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Moundofgreen

Created by: Eightbhall

Pronunciation: Mound-of-green

Sentence: Billy had been told that the classic Two Ronies Fork Handles scetch was based on a moundofgreen, which was strange as he remembered it being set in a shop and not a grassy hill. Either way he had seen it so often that it was now no longer funny but tired and stale; a moundofgreen-and mouldy.

Etymology: A possible mondegreen of the word mondegreen.

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Fudgeurlirics

Created by: jasjamson

Pronunciation: fudge ur leer ics

Sentence: Your fudgeurlirics has revamped that song completely!

Etymology: Fudge + your + lyrics

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Manglelyric

Created by: Mustang

Pronunciation: MANGL-ehr-ick

Sentence: Chatsworth fancied himeself quite the singer and loved to entertain at parties and reunions though he had no idea family and friends referred to his style as 'manglelyric' since he botched many of the words of songs, and though unintentionally so, he was at his comedic best when doing impressions of his favorite singer, the French crooner, Morris Chevrolet.

Etymology: Blend of mangle and lyric

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COMMENTS:

nice - Jabberwocky, 2009-05-05: 11:19:00

Thank Heavens for Little Girls, they grow up in the most excitful way! - Nosila, 2009-05-05: 22:20:00

LOL...yes they do and you've captured morris in a most exciteful way. - Mustang, 2009-05-05: 22:45:00

Succint. - dochanne, 2009-05-06: 01:06:00

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Verbotomy Verbotomy - 2009-05-04: 00:01:01
Today's definition was suggested by mrskellyscl (misinterpreted words) and by abrakadeborah (misinterpreted meanings). And of course, by Bob Dylan's classic song about doing the laundry -- Blowing in the Wind ~ James

abrakadeborah - 2009-05-05: 01:02:00
Thank you James~ Cartoon was great! & To mrskellyscl,Oh how I can relate to that one! I have an ex boyfriend that no matter what song he hears NONE of the words match as he tries to sing along! Too funny! :) LOL

Verbotomy Verbotomy - 2010-11-17: 00:36:00
Today's definition was suggested by mrskellyscl. Thank you mrskellyscl. ~ James