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Author Topic: Use of the English language  (Read 1261 times)
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« Reply #15 on: October 25, 2019, 06:00:31 pm »

There was also apparently some consternation in a music shop caused by the pronunciation of the Hungarian  composer Zoltan Kodaly's surname (it's pronounced without the "l".... more like "Kodai").

Evidently there was some frantic searching around the stockroom when a customer requested a popular L.P. of the time called "Could I but express in song?" but the shop assistant went off to search desperately for Kodaly's Buttock Pressing Song.
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« Reply #16 on: October 25, 2019, 06:51:57 pm »

The Police - So Lonely - "Sue Lawley, Sue Lawley, Sue Lawley..."
Sister Sledge - We Are Family - "Just let me staple the vicar."
Eurythmics - Sweet Dreams - "Sweet dreams are made of cheese, who am I to diss a Brie?"
Elton John - Tiny Dancer - "Hold me closer, Tony Danza."
Chic - Le Freak - "Ahh free cow. Le Freak say sheep."
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« Reply #17 on: October 25, 2019, 08:08:14 pm »

"Excuse me, while I kiss this guy" - James Marshall Hendrix, Purple Haze
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« Reply #18 on: October 25, 2019, 08:19:24 pm »

The linguist's term for misheard lyrics is mondegreens.
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"Prone to mondegreens? It might not be your fault. Andrew Nevins, PhD, a professor of linguistics at Britain’s University College London tells Yahoo Health that some sounds are just more easily confused than others.

Consonants are typically more confused than vowels, he says, and unstressed syllables are more easily confused than stressed syllables. Nouns are also confused more often than verbs. So, when you have a line like “got a long list of ex-lovers,” which contains two nouns out of six words and three words that start with consonants, it leaves a lot open for misinterpretation."

Gotta say though the only ones I recognize above are Bohemian Rhapsody, Sweet Dreams and of course Purple Haze. The last one even makes sense, almost, in context.
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« Reply #19 on: October 25, 2019, 08:23:38 pm »

Canadian National Anthem

O Canada, we stand on cars and freeze....instead of we stand on guard for thee....

And from Louis Armstrong 'the bright blessed day and the dog said goodnight' from what a wonderful world......
 .....and didn't Ol' Blue eyes sing about the 'girl from Empheysema.....'

 The story behind the origin of mondegreens is interesting in itself, but this thread is in danger of going completely off topic! Grin
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« Reply #20 on: October 25, 2019, 09:26:53 pm »

Oh yes, the topic...
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« Reply #21 on: October 26, 2019, 12:26:20 pm »

...a hazelnut in every post!
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« Reply #22 on: October 26, 2019, 01:02:05 pm »

What's got a hazelnut in every bite? Squirrel poo!
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« Reply #23 on: October 26, 2019, 01:23:25 pm »

"Give us this day our daily bread cancellation"

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14:36 Swindon to Westbury due 15:20

14:36 Swindon to Westbury due 15:20 will be cancelled.
This is due to a shortage of train crew.
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« Reply #24 on: October 27, 2019, 08:34:35 am »

As we are getting towards the season of goodwill:

Land of soap and water

Three shepherds washed their socks, etc.
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« Reply #25 on: October 27, 2019, 08:39:36 am »

As we are getting towards the season of goodwill:

Land of soap and water

Three shepherds washed their socks, etc.

Or, as we were taught ............ 'Land of soaps and Tories'
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« Reply #26 on: October 28, 2019, 09:54:01 pm »

<pedant alert>
OK, so I failed English Language O'Level three times before finally passing it, but should this not read "Station FOR the Glastonbury Festival"
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We should also not ignore the correct use of capital letters, so wantonly disregarded in this modern age of self-identified grammar. After all, they are the only thing between helping your Uncle Jack off a camel, and helping your uncle jack off a camel.
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