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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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Ballbadear

Created by: galwaywegian

Pronunciation: bahl bad eeeer

Sentence: his hearing loss turned him into a ballbadear, but when he first heard "tangled up in poo" he became a dylanquent

Etymology: balladeer, bad ear

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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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Inaudiblexic

DrWebsterIII

Created by: DrWebsterIII

Pronunciation: in - od" e be - lek - sik

Sentence: Once again, Patrick's inaudiblexicness had him removed from yet another concert, as it was annoying to both the other patrons as well the performer.

Etymology: inaudible (inabillity to hear correctly) + dyslexic (impairment, from result of brain injury)

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Lyricnorance

artr

Created by: artr

Pronunciation: lir-ik-ner-uhns

Sentence: John's lyricnorance led him to some strange conclusions about some of his favorite song writers. He thinks Jimi Hendrix was gay because of 'Scuse me, while I kiss this guy' and that some member of Creedence Clearwater Revival was incontinent when they sang 'There's a bathroom on the right'. His friends just howl when they take him out for karaoke night.

Etymology: lyrics (words to a song) + ignorance (lack of knowledge, inexperience)

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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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COMMENTS:

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

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Wrongbird

artr

Created by: artr

Pronunciation: rôngbərd

Sentence: Marsha is a regular wrongbird. She and her friends love to go out to the local karaoke bar and sing their hearts out. Often her vanity that prevents her from wearing her glasses combines with her active imagination to create a hysterical new set of lyrics. "Excuse me while I kiss this guy"

Etymology: wrong (not correct or true) + songbird (a bird with a musical song)

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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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COMMENTS:

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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COMMENTS:

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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COMMENTS:

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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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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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