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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Lieric

Created by: rikboyee

Pronunciation: lie-rik

Sentence: it was only years later that he realised that singing 'Gold Blank Sign' on new years eve was a lieric embarrassment.

Etymology: lie, lyric

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COMMENTS:

terrific - Jabberwocky, 2009-05-05: 11:17:00

Should Bald Acquaintance be forgot and never brought to mind... - Nosila, 2009-05-05: 22:13:00

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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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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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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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Comments:

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