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Misunderheard

Top verboticism of the day created by mrskellyscl

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.

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

Created by: mrskellyscl.

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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clever combo - Jabberwocky, 2009-05-05: 11:13:00

Misconsturpulate: /mis-con-sterp-you-layt/ 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 Created by: hyperborean.

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flawless, once again, word, etymology, and as always the sentence - DrWebster111, 2009-05-06: 00:31:00

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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

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