Even if you’re great at understanding the words to songs, you’ve probably encountered mondegreens.
They’re misheard song lyrics, and they can be funny, bizarre, and sometimes better then the real thing. Why do they happen, and what can they tell us about language and cognition?
Linguist Daniel Midgley supplies the fish on this episode of Talk the Talk.
Listen to this episode
Promo with James Hall
Google buys WordLens, makes it free
The funny ones from kissthisguy.com
amiright.com is also fun.
Video of Jimi Hendrix riffing on the mondegreen
Kylie Sturgess’s blog post on mondegreens and audio pareidolia
Mondegreens: Of Cross-Eyed Bears and Falling Rocks (PDF)
The Science of Misheard Song Lyrics (io9)
Andrew Nevins is the go-to guy for this.
Check out his YouTube video.
The real lyrics to Louie, Louie
There was an FBI investigation about that one.
Language Log’s link to a Peter Kay routine. Very funny.
What’s up with the #YesAllWomen and #NotAllMen hashtags?
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How the #YesAllWomen hashtag got started.
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The good ol’ Invisible Backpack
‘Shadow’ by Wild Nothing
from the album Nocturne
‘Misunderstood’ by Machine Translations
from the album Happy
(No video, sorry!)