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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Mangledupinblues

Created by: galwaywegian

Pronunciation: mang eld up in bloooze

Sentence: His mangledupinblues were frequent and severe, often leading to bouts of drinking alone in the basement of his hovel, wishing he was back home, awash in his subterrainian homesick booze

Etymology: tangled up in blue, mangled

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COMMENTS:

nice Dylan references - Jabberwocky, 2009-05-05: 11:18:00

Ah the times, they are a chainging! - Nosila, 2009-05-05: 22:12:00

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Mimicrong

Created by: dekra

Pronunciation: mimikrong

Sentence: "'Wrapped up like a douche,'scuse me while I kiss this guy, A wizard or a whale.' you mimicrong constantly Brad!" "I never mimicrong! I saw it in a movie Sam, he defintiely says 'She was a fax machine, she kept her modem clean.' AC/DC was named after computer parts!"

Etymology: Mimic(To Coppy) + Wrong(Incorrect)

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Melohdear

Created by: Nosila

Pronunciation: mel o deer

Sentence: Jackie Chan was motivated by a 1966 hit by Johnny Rivers. He said it inspired him to play the tough guys in all his many movies. While learning the English language, the melohdear which inspired his career was "Secret Asian Man"!

Etymology: Melody (tune;musical notes in sequence) & Oh Dear (worrying phrase when something goes wrong, like Oh, My;Oh, Drat, etc)

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Leericks

Created by: Nosila

Pronunciation: lee rix

Sentence: As he aged and started losing his hearing, George found listening to songs on the oldies radio harder to do. The main reason was the strange leericks written for each tune. He could never figure out why Tammy sang, "Stan, bite your man" or why Johnny Rivers sang, "Secret Asian Man" or why Bon Jovi sang, "You give love a bandaid"or why Jimi Hendrix sang, "Scuse me while I kiss this guy". And every time he heard CCR's Bad Moon Rising, "there's a bathroom on the right"...he found he needed to use one.

Etymology: Leer (a suggestive or sneering look or grin;a facial expression of contempt or scorn; the upper lip curls) & Lyrics(the text or words of a popular song or musical-comedy number) & Icks (yucky things)

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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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COMMENTS:

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

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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