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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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Eddievedderizm

Created by: BeauKnows

Pronunciation: Eddie-Vedder-Iz-Um

Sentence: One day in 1992 a man named Eddie Vedder, Jeff Ament and Mike McCready wrote a hit song called yellow ledbetter. "Did he just say wizard or a whale?" "Box or a bag?" Or "Potato waven?" Who cares its EddieVedderizm.

Etymology: Eddie + Vedder + Izm

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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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Lyricnorance

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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