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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Oopsydittie

artr

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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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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Audiosyncrasy

Created by: ankur

Pronunciation: its quite simple...audio+syncrasy

Sentence: The song he sang was hilarious because of his very own audiosyncrasy..

Etymology: audio = hearing idiosyncrasy = peculiar habits audiosyncrasy = song was "mis-listened" and peculiar lyrics were inserted into the song...

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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