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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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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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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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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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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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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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Tunerr

Created by: remistram

Pronunciation: toon-air

Sentence: The kids loved it when Mr. Bevilaqua stood up in front of the class and tunerred the national anthem "....Oh Canada, we stand on cars and freeze..."

Etymology: tune (song) + err (misinterpret, distort)

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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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Singawrong

Created by: Nosila

Pronunciation: sing a rong

Sentence: His singawrong in Dallas ended when he sang "Reminds me of my doctor's glove, Deep in the Heart of Texas".

Etymology: Sing a long (informal group singing of popular songs) & Wrong (incorrect;not appropriate for a purpose or occasion)

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COMMENTS:

You really know how to do a singawrong Alison! Opps I mean Nosila...lol too funny... - abrakadeborah, 2009-05-05: 01:48:00

funny - Jabberwocky, 2009-05-05: 11:20:00

Sounds like a Jackie Chan Musical to me...and I rov Jackie Chan! - Nosila, 2009-05-05: 22:16:00

hyperborean I love this one. So simple and perfect. - hyperborean, 2009-05-06: 10:23:00

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Oopsydittie

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Created by: artr

Pronunciation: oōpsēditē

Sentence: Everybody was used to hearing Jeff humming his favorite song as he went through his day. What they didn’t know until last Saturday night at the karaoke was that Jeff’s head contained an oopsydittie. As he belted out his fave, his friends realized he hadn’t gotten a single lyric right.

Etymology: oops (used to show recognition of a mistake or minor accident, often as part of an apology) + upsy-daisy (used to express encouragement to a child who has fallen or is being lifted) + dittie (a short simple song)

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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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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