came here to say exactly what laroquod (and others) said. was in middle school when i first heard it, and i could never really pick out the lyrics; i never really thought to look them up until recently. is extremely common, and i can almost forgive it because the correct structure is cumbersome. but it’s also perfectly correct to use it for emphasis (“i saw it myself”) as well as in the reflexive (“he saw himself in the looking glass.@meg: whether or not a question is rhetorical has precious little (read: nothing) to do with punctuation. disagreements are irritating to solve, because if you have a bunch of them and are writing about a hypothetical or unknown person, your copy ends up being overrun with awkward “he or she’s. used to be a few called “the goat and compasses”, standing for “god encompasses”. it is the breath of a buffalo in the wintertime.’s see, in the star spangled banner, there’s been a joke about this. example, correct use of commas around clauses always results in the comma-surrounded clause being able to be removed from the sentence with the sentence still having valid structure.: fernando pessoa, who was bilingual, wrote his words in english, after losing the ability to speak. a long sticky flypaper onto which at varying times of their importance the church, royalty, aristocracy, industry, commerce and international entertainment have accreted themselves. had a buddy in high school who mistook “panama” by van halen to be “cannon ball”. mozart in memory of me— and i will hear you.: eric morecambe, after going off stage after a solo performance at stan stennett's theatre, tewkesbury, may 28, 1984. i were to direct you to any books about language, i would certainly recommend steven pinker’s the language instinct but above that i would rate guy deutscher’s the unfolding of language.: these are his last recorded words, coming at the end of a cell phone call before beamer and others attempted to storm the airliner's cockpit to retake it from hijackers who were part of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. still sing the doors’ riders on the storm:…like a dog without a bone, like an actor on the phone…. you can tell by the way i use my walk,I don’t wanna spend no time to talk., who knows if it’s a joke or not, i heard of someone thinking the elvis costello song “oliver’s army” said “i’ll have a lasagna”. a couple of years ago they finally changed their internal guide and now pronounce “hiroshima” properly ., james stewart was “the earl of moray”, and the “of” becomes “o’”; it isn’t like o’brien: there should be a space before “moray”. some people, myself included (i believe that’s the correct usage of ‘myself’) tend to pronounce it as a single word: anistoric.” thanks to my dearly departed mother for teaching me that. yes, that was me, meg who lists no website, but mostly because i was being lazy tonight, as well as perhaps uncharacteristically sarcastic.@marc, the difference is that in the example sentence, “me” is an object.“why do these deer come at night” instead of “why do these tears come at night. i know what it’s supposed to be, but i always get a laugh. my two pet peeves are “your” when “you’re” is appropriate. used to carol loudly “olympic wax” instead of “a whip that cracks” … i take the 5th on how old i was when i finally learned better. she died three days later, and her husband, jack, said that these were her last words, a response to his asking how she felt, before she died later that day.", he was a circus sideshow performer, known for his oddly tapered head.” sadly, no one had explained to me the phrase “with angelic hosts proclaim” so i sang what i thought it was, which was “with a jelly hose proclaim. we committed an act of revolutionary suicide protesting the conditions of an inhumane world. just shrugged when we asked him what on earth he thought “odercrast” even meant. be good children, and we shall all meet in heaven … i want to meet you all, white and black, in heaven.’t that the song that everyone thought was in code and was informing the world of the death of paul mccartney.” she also misheard the commercial in which they say, “we take garlique every day” as “we take our leak every day. she was a toddler, my daughter used to sing from “there’s always tomorrow…” (musical annie) a stanza as “bet your bottom on a dollar”. thought that the girl ‘s mom wasn’t letting her go on vacation and that she was sneaking away with her boyfriend. here it should be “me,” as this is the object of the sentence and follows a preposition. yet you explained it very well and made it so easy to understand! so, now all is gone - empire, body, and soul! i agree with lewis (and strunk & white), it’s trying to impose latin grammar on english. think you’re incorrect here because “bob, mr parsons and me” must be in the accusative case; “me” is correct. she thought it was rather odd, but shrugged it off, picturing attendants filling your car while smirking at you.: he led a group in bombing the amsterdam public records office, destroying thousands of files to prevent the nazis from identifying jews. after the opening credits of a show, the sponsor would be announced by the words, “brought to you by…” but, as a little kid, it always sounded like. however, i like to think of myself as more of an orangutan than a chimp. i was a small child, my parents had a christmas album by the mormon barnacle choir. my friend heard me singing this to the car stereo, he couldn’t help but break out into roaring laugh. last words from the guillotine before sentence of death for high treason was executed (22 february 1943).…take our life from us, we laid it down, we got tired. though we’ve never met, i feel as though we have a close bond. if one values grace, this sentence:“clearly, this person didn’t know what her or she were doing. probably yes, but it can lead to some cumbersome sentences. always thought that the song street life by the crusaders was called – street lights! thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.: thomas more at the execution block, moving his beard out of the way. know” because the past tense “did” (like almost all past tense verbs) works for both singular and plural. some good laughs, look up misheard lyrics videos on youtube. myself think you the author literally knew what they was doing when they wrote such an historic article about grammar. got any tips on appropriate use (or non-use) of these various devices? sir, i would like to say to all of you – the thornton family and jerry dean’s family that i am so sorry. atkins told graham she responded to tate's plea with: "look, bitch, you might as well face it right now, you're going to die, and i don't feel a thing behind it. you have been entirely patient with me and incredibly good. then i shall go to hell; and you will go with me. you could have tied your old picture in with a new one for this article ; a picture with you and your twitter nuts running from the hall monitor. was a song where one line was “it’s too late to apologize” and i thought it was “it’s too late to call the judge. but you have to be british to appreciate the chip shop.] a malapropism is misuse of a single word, a mondegreen is misinterpretation of a phrase or series of words that sounds like another phrase or series of [. always thought the thunderclap newman song / tom petty cover of “something in the air” said in the verse:“we’ve got to get together sooner or later. if queried, the response is all too often “but it’s obvious !: charles lutwidge dodgson, an english writer, mathematician, logician, anglican deacon, and photographer." some also report his final words as those he reportedly declared when he surrendered: "don't shoot, i am che guevara and i am worth more to you alive than dead. it’s nice to see i’m not the only one who rants about these mistakes! i wonder what other enemies lurk in our society that need names to bring them out into the light? thought jimi hendrix’ line (in voodoo child) “he took me past the outskirts of infinity” was “he took me past the downstairs of infinity. you couldn’t imagine the definitions kids come up with from pink to black. his informed empiricism, in this reader’s opinion, knocks the sometimes tortuously conjectural rationalism of pinker into a cocked hat. when urged earlier to make his peace with god his last coherent response was, "i did not know that we had ever quarreled. when i went to listen to “poor unfortunate souls” on youtube, i noticed a lot of people misheard when ursula sings “they come flocking to me crying” as “they come f******* to me crying” in the song… and i occasionally heard it like that after that… heh. the song “fly like an eagle” my cousin used to sing “shoot the children with no shoes on their feet” instead of “shoe the children . i was always taught to use ‘an’ before ‘h’ at school, but it sounds so wrong and is awkward to use when speaking. the first time i heard the song “pretty girls” by iyaz, i wasn’t really listening to the lyrics and thought it said “gotta do the white boy jump, do the white boy jump. we couldn’t understood what that was supposed to mean anyway. this is how you would manage to read a history book to learn about an historical event, and be correct.: “yes on land it’s not with fur for ladies not to say a word and after all that they’re on idol channel four!’s another one: in the lds church, the 13th article of faith begins thus: we believe is being honest, true, chaste, benevolent, virtuous and in doing good to all men… my kids like to recite it this way: we believe in being honest, true, chased by an elephant, virtuous…. it’s pretty much nails on the blackboard to me, as is the use of the word ‘yourself’ or ‘myself’ when all that is meant is ‘you’ or ‘me’ but i daresay myself’s accent and manner is nails on the blackboard to yourself or to others too, in itself’s own way. college friend thought it was “this is the dawning of the age of aquariums” instead of “age of aquarius” in the song of the same name by 5th dimension. children used to sing rock me hot potatos insteed of rock me amadeus. isn’t the pledge of allegiance, because i’m canadian, but there is a line in our national anthem that goes “we stand on guard for thee”. there was this one from a reader’s digest joke:A mom was listening to scarborough fair with her kids, and when it was over, one of them asked, “well did he? it’s sung very quickly so it kind of all mashes together, and the first few times i heard it, i swore it said “hit them in the ti**ies”.: morant was court-martialed and executed by the british, charged with killing boer prisoners. old favourite was “every time you go away, you take a piece of meat with you”. reminds me of “misheard lyrics;” if you don’t know what that is, look it up on youtube. more for your list: those who say “i could care less” instead of “i couldn’t care less”. for a while,i thought he said “i’m in need of a guy”! some reason, americans have a hard time figuring out whether to use the first person pronoun “i” or “me,” and instead use “myself” as a catch-all. sure if this is a mondegreen or malapropism, but when i was blissfully innocent, i thought “euthanasia” was a movement for good in the orient–”youth in asia. i am happy to learn that it has a name and i love it. ironically, “long” is not long, so it’s the opposite of autologous, it’s heterological — it does not describe itself. distinctly remember one of my childhood playmates thought the song title was “sam and janet evening. you might want to chalk it up to regional pronunciations.: from the final peanuts comic strip released on february 13, 2000 (one day after his death)., it’s (contraction of it and is, not the possessive pronoun) good to see you get all the comment love. politicians (mps members of parliament) in parliament:“speaking as a country member,…”. of course brian screams instead of sings, not until i heard axl rose sing it did i know the real lyrics.” i turned from the computer to ask him, “did you just say, ‘paul’s bein’ a ham’? unfortunately, it was much more difficult to read because of all of the possible phonetic variations and led, ultimately, to a generation that struggled – and still struggles – with literacy. when talking fast, that’s just how it comes out. there were a couple of other vinyl’s that were released that way back then. john philby, arabist and writer, father of spy kim philby." the myth is based on the story that the police officer did not recognize someone as famous as john lennon (and yoko would have been present too). just re-read my own blog entry and found a spelling error. first of all “sleigh” wasn’t a familiar word for us, as “sled” would be more common. a couple of weeks , he would tell me he was working at the nerd., i don’t want to be driving next to you.” as a wee lad, i actually had an argument with a radio station’s dj over this matter. than devolving to “myself,” try to insert the *third* person pronoun in the sentence. in one of beverly cleary’s books, our heroine ramona hears “the star spangled banner” at school. noam chomsky may be better known now for his penetrating critiques of american foreign policy, but he made his reputation as a pioneering linguist. farooq – a spoonerism is when the first consonant sound of two words get switched: “baking cookies” becomes “caking bookies. that was over 30 yrs ago, so maybe as a child, i didn’t understand the lesson. sons name is chad and i still think in the michael jackson song it says “chad is not my son. according to wright, she believed the first stanza from the 17th century ballad “the bonny earl o’moray” featured two unfortunate aristocrats:Ye highlands and ye lowlands,Oh, where have ye been? children in my classes regularly ask “can i lend a pen?’s an example from a post where i used “their” as singular:“anyone who would be foolish enough to start clapping would immediately be met with the beam of a laser pointer in their eye, courtesy of the m. i’m still adamant that the line, ‘love struck holding you tight’ is actually, ‘love stuck a hole in your tights’. too further correct you, practically would have the same implication in the stated sentence if one follows the same pedantic rules. so i said matter of factly “his pockets full of f%@#king loot” my mom couldn’t help but laugh too.: van gogh said this to his murderer mohammed bouyeri, just before the latter stabbed him in his throat. hearing the kindergarten rule, “no running on the black top,” elizabeth reported to us that there was to be “no running on the lap top. also think that blogging in particular is a forgiving medium and can be more casual. that’s a bit like saying good food should be tasteless. 😉 thank you for bringing attention to such pressing matters as these. i’m interested to know if anyone interpreted the “steve miller band” song “big old airliner” as “big old chet got a light out”?, perhaps one more—the end of “strawberry fields forever, where a faint line played in slow speed by john can be heard; the line has been misinterpreted by many as being, “i buried paul”. is it just me or do any of you find it difficult to understand the words he’s singing?: miller had been rendered unable to speak due to a stroke a week prior to his death and had been suffering from declining function for several months. the longest i thought the eagles song “heartache tonight” said. don’t know if anyone’s mentioned it but some people pronounce “historic” with a silence “h”. sister and i used to always sing “i could be your bottle feeder, put your tiny hand in mine…” yeah, we thought it was dumb, but we just shrugged and chalked it up to “quality” pop music. sure how it’s being abused in the us, but for point 1, when i went to school , “i” was the correct choice… as in me, myself and i. really easy tip to add to them is this:Make sure you check a post or comment before hitting the send button.@marc – i actually had a bit in here about that but removed it because it was going off topic. anyone remember the old tune: “he flies through the air with the greatest of ease, the daring young man on the flying trapeeze”? “peanut butter and jelly” is also a common phrase in itself, so it can be confusing. you have been given suppositories for your impacted wisdom tooth, you need to change your dentist. just take the other person out of the sentence and see what you’ve got. burroughs, american novelist, short story writer, essayist, painter, and spoken word performer.: henry clay, an american lawyer and planter, politician, and skilled orator.: damien keown, buddhism: a very short introduction, oxford: oxford university press, 1996, p. take me back to eagle bridge and you'll get back your stethoscope. praying nyers only:“…and lead us not into penn station…”. dump the rest, as in the pretentious subjunctive and the cumbersome he or she construction to make subject-predicate agreement work. one bites the dust (queen):“steve walks warily down the street” sounded like “stink bug’s family down the street”. “they” is sometimes also used, although strunk and white the elements of style says not to use it. in addition to some of their usage, there is the matter of how they pronounce many words.” to this day, i insist that before god created light, it was made up of darkness and tofu.” my dad turned to me and said, “i am so glad you are teaching her about jesus. some would argue that it is correct if we hear it on the cbc.: spoken to a friend as he was being loaded into an ambulance after suffering a heart attack; he was comatose upon arrival at the hospital and never regained consciousness. understand that it’s “satin” now but i kind of like “silence” too. just tell me that you spontaneously developed a 23rd chromosome and all will be right in the world.. in disney’s the lion king 2, i thought zira was singing, “it’s my little boy” in lieu of “that’s my lullaby. guy i knew in college always insisted that the lyrics were “super awesome hombre” instead of “pour some sugar on me”. j'ai besoin de tout mon courage pour mourir à vingt ans ! and yet this article — like so many articles on prescriptivist grammar — sounds like it was written by someone with a very poor understanding of linguistics and not a very good understanding of grammar, either. use of the word ‘literally’ pisses me off the most. the carpenters “close to you” there two lines beginning verses–’why do birds suddenly appear’ and ‘why do stars fall down from the sky” and every time i think of the song, i combine the two, “why do birds fall down from the sky every time you walk by”. is literally a blog that tracks literally:Ok, grammar gods and goddesses, how do you punctuate “dos and don’ts”? the first time i heard abraham, martin and john i caught it part-way through, and i thought a child was asking, ‘has anyone here seen my old grandfather? you might want to chalk it up to regional pronunciations.: his last written words, on his note pad for the column he was writing, were, no wonder these birds are flying high when they get that kind of money for an hour's work.” if you’re just going to use it the same way we use the pointless word “really,” you might as well say “really,” it’s less pompous.: austin made this statement before being hanged for rape and murder, the last two as he fell through the trap door. the song blow i thought it was “we get it for free, no blt” idk the real lyrics though., comment addict that he is, i think he may have in fact perished of happiness., weird al yankovich parodied “another one bites the dust” with “another one rides the bus. favorite is stewie’s solo line in the theme song to “family guy:”. that and the atrocious grammar would indicate an obvious scam at play. i heard: “i’m blue, if i were green i would die. they don’t read well, nor can i retain what they mean, muchless pronounce them if reading the allowed. lyric repeated at the beginning and end is “jeux sans frontieres,” which is french for “games without frontiers. is my year old niece’s rendition of twinkle twinkle little star: “tinko tinko likul scar…. big city of dreams, but everything in new york aint always what it seems. heard about a little girl who drew a christmas manger scene. if kristen couldn’t act, she would actually collapse in upon herself like a black hole. nor does the idea that following grammatical rules in language demonstrates clarity of thought and intelligence of mind. not singing about a “provincial” life but an “elemential” life. in the medical world, this is something that would require the use of suppositories.”, until pointed out to me that the actual line is “seven horses seem to be on the run. there’s no right or wrong in language, any more than there’s right or wrong in nature. get into arguments over “an historic” because it’s not wrong, though if you wish to find it annoying, that’s your choice. heard (via steve fry on the tv show qi), that it all comes from an old scam called “the spanish prisoner of war”. when i watched disney’s tangled, when rapunzel sings when will my life begin:O: “i’ll add a few new paintings to my gallery.’m almost terrified to write this, given the potential to reveal the bubbles in me. eleven laps into the event, a fifteen-car accident in turn 3 launched his car into the air, and up against the catchfence, killing him instantly. in 1975, hot chocolate’s “you sexy thing” (“i believe in miracles”) was playing regularly on the radio. he turned to a stranger, said this quote, then fell into the river and died of a heart attack.“last night i dreamt of some bagels” misheard from madonna’s la isla bonita.: cobain was quoting neil young lyrics when he wrote this line in his suicide note.” sounds much better and therefore the use of ‘me’ is the correct word. i could not find out what gerkins were on my own, so i went to the neighborhood specialty food store, approached an employee and said, “do you know what gerkins are? many believed, quite seriously, that the biblical explanation in the story of the tower of babel was the true answer to the riddle of language, just as they believed in the flood and the creation. when asked to join in a “let’s persuade this supermarket chain to get rid of their ‘five items or less’ sign” i never join in. was 3 when madonna came out with “material girl” so, i didn’t know at the time the song was actually called “material girl. can’t find you on twitter either, so i’m exploiting cb comments. it’s still a joke to me and my friends to this day. makes this mistake, so don’t beat yourself up if you do.” with the nonsensical nature of dance lyrics, either one is acceptable.: words spoken by the comedian as he lay on the ground after a car wreck. contemporary dictionaries state that “because” is a conjunction, perhaps that’s because it’s usage has changed.. confusing possessives and contractions, as in “its” and “it’s”. i’ll always strive (and all too often fail) to make what i’m saying clear to everyone–not just 90 percent of my readership–by making my use of language invisible. a guy accosted me, saying (or so i thought at first” if i “had the time of day”. my case it’s “i wanna feel the energy ” but it’s actually “i wanna be in the energy” from linkin park’s “a place for my head”.” turns out his girlfriend corrected him, but he liked his mondegreen so much that he refused to change. he lost his left leg and was taken home where he died hours after his wound. listening to a sound recording of the musical ‘fiddler on a roof’ my son asked me if that guy muttle was strong. for years i would sing “imiglints en die in glove” instead of “limitless undying love” in the beatles’ “across the universe. blog in english, which is my second language, and have a fear of making stupid mistakes which i never make in my first language. ain’t seen no gooder debate in an comments section in an long time..’ i’d much rather be a camping girl than a candy girl any day. two for consideration however as those once fashionable frenchies designated them are langue, language as an idea, and parole, language as utterance. i'd like to let you all know, despite the situation -- i know all of you are still convinced that i'm the person that killed your father, your son and your brother, but i am innocent., i swore earlier i was staying out of this comment thread. or fold it in scented tissue and lay it tenderly in your hope chest, according to taste.: as told by her husband roe messner on cnn's larry king live.” for a long time, i thought the lyrics were, “riches i heed not, nor mens’ empty brains.’s obviously more a matter of ease of pronunciation than it is of grammar. she spelled it “dawnzer”, if you want to keep using the story. of “cuz everybody knows that smokin’ aint allowed in school,” i thought it was “cuz everybody know they smokin’ in the [teachers'] lounges, too. thought tina turner’s “what’s love got to do with it” was “what’s love doctor dolittle,” and the line in kirk franklin’s “revolution” sounded like “all my red lobsters throw your hands up” when it actually said “all my real live saints throw your hands up.: the final transmission of jerry martin, reporting on the eruption of mount st. the way, for those taking notes, notice how much more attention this post gets from johnny not trying to have the entire discussion in the post. of “excuse me while i kiss the sky” i always thought it was “excuse me while i kiss this guy” o.. scorpions song “rock you like a hurricane” – at ~1:50 my husband used to sing “he’s licking his lip-sees, ready to win”, the actual lyric is “he’s licking his lips, he’s ready to win”.“if you’re using it a lot, you’re probably using it wrong. according to todd, she had made the comment, and 15 minutes later, suffered a stroke that she later died from. words to his pakistani surgeon, as reported in the washington post (december 14, 2010). love this article because i was famous for using mondegreen words in my childhood. myself think you the author literally knew what they was doing when they wrote such an historic article about grammar. older sister deliberately taught me “maresy dotes and dosey dotes and little lambsy divey. also, lennon's last words of "i'm shot" were spoken seconds after he was shot as he staggered a number of steps toward the lobby of the dakota. i can’t take anything you say seriously knowing that.: antonio josé de sucre, after being shot while riding his horse in the jungle in colombia on his way home.“santa claus” is actually a mondegreen derived from “saint nicholas”! “what the hell does that even mean, ‘i’m your fetus’?” i thought it was “take your pants down and make it happen. i avoid it and don’t flinch too much i hear it; but when i see it written i’m not impressed. thomas meersman, the roman catholic prison chaplain, imparted gilmore's last rites. friend thought phil collins sang “stranger’s lightening” instead of “strangers like me” from tarzan. jones had previously expressed resentment at his hmo for their inadequate treatment of his cancer and hiv-infection. now i’ll read on and laugh some more and possible learn some more. first time i heard the end of it… “we stand on guard for thee” i heard ‘we stand on god for thee’, i was like…. family always thought, in michael jackson’s “man in the mirror” that the line was “no mustache could be any glibber” (should be “no message could be any clearer”).” i told my dad about this song advocating murder, and he said, “i think his name is kilroy.“far away my welly blew up” from paul simon’s call me al. thing is certain, rock n roll lyrics are fertile ground for the ol’ men on the green. it has been relatively stable even since ancient latin times.” and if you don’t know that “mankind” refers to both genders, you’re simply obtuse, at best. i will give you half of what i am worth if you will give me six months’ life. upon further inquiry, we learned it was the one that francis scott key wrote about the “donzer lee light” so he could see the star spangled banner flying above fort mchenry. i was young, and got quite jeaous that they’d got ready-made sausages….@marc – i actually had a bit in here about that but removed it because it was going off topic.” the contractions should be dropped and the sentence re-written this way: there are tales, there are tall tales, and then there are super-sized tales., it’s (contraction of it and is, not the possessive pronoun) good to see you get all the comment love. quoted in john gibson lockhart memoirs of the life of sir walter scott, bart, vol. another favorite, which i haven’t yet managed to correct in my head:Original version: “up from the grave he arose/ with a mighty triumph o’er his foes. he was a towering man with broad shoulders and monstrous hands, but moved with unhurried grace. wallpaper and i are fighting a duel to the death. the song says: “i’m blue da ba dee da ba di”. every time i hear “an historic” i want to scream. andy tells me i am his own,” leading me to believe god’s name to be andy. he was later shot in the chest by ss-obersturmbannführer michael lippert. the way, i have a feeling that the reference to chimps was probably made in humour and not intended to cause offence.: jessica dubroff, seven-year-old pilot speaking to her mother by telephone as the engines revved for takeoff, she (and her flight instructor) crashed minutes later in rough weather, april 11, 1996. contrary to ace's assertion, there was a bullet in the chamber, which, when he pulled the trigger with the barrel of the gun to his face, killed him instantly. i love the baby, but i need to find peace. “if i was” is not always incorrect:If i were – something that is never going to happen. we were ordering in a family restaurant, and in a very polite manner asked the waitress “i’d like the pasta with marijuana sauce”.: ruffin was an ardent supporter of the confederacy during the civil war and fired one of the first shots of the war at fort sumter in 1861. just as i try to avoid showing off in a way that might impress (and so interrupt the flow of) another 10 percent., i'm going to get my things and get out of this house.’s a joke here somewhere and it’s on me. the longest time i love the band “mario speedwagon” only to find out they are called “r. partner just stated “it is the idyosyncratic nature of english that gives it some vitality and character”. in sympathy for the devil, “pontius pilate washed his hands and sealed his fate” became “washed his hands in the sea of spain. husband, who corrected my misunderstanding, and i still laugh hysterically any time we discuss it. at catholic mass children say,Blessed art thou among women,And blessed is the fruit of the loom jesus., a world war i soldier, who was bleeding to death from bullet wounds, said this to an enemy soldier. edit my comment if you like, post this one as well, whichever you prefer. of “for it’s the last time you will”, todd heard “for it’s an ass climbing whale”. used to think it was ‘call me, call me, i’m fine’.: frederick william i of prussia king of prussia from 1713 - 1740, d., nobody in their right mind would write off the opinions of a writer who didn’t know – or, in a particular instance, failed to use – the subjunctive. just remembered one that we sing at christmas every year! as i have seen the lyrics printed that way in various collections of children’s songs, i apparently wasn’t the only one who thought so.. my youngest daughter thought the chorus on gloria by laura branigan was. do use “they” as a singular pronoun all the time. is desmond dekker & the aces’, “israelites” – i love singing “oh, oh, me ears are alight”. i’ve been a professional copywriter for the last 6 years, and if i had to say ‘he or she’ instead of the singular ‘they’ job would be literally impossible. what i want to say is i owe all the happiness of my life to you.: in response to a police officer who asked "who shot you? after an adjective we use adverbs with a few exceptions some of which are the verb to be, get, feel etc . wife used to think the country song “oh, lord, stuck in lodi (california) again! maybe a child gave the nursery rhyme “row, row, row your boat” a new meaning by replacing the line “life is but a dream” with “life’s a butter dream,” or an adult belted out “hold me closer, tony danza” instead of “hold me closer, tiny dancer” to elton john’s “tiny dancer.. the theme song from the show “the facts of life” said this: “you take the good, you take the bad, you take them both and there you have the facts of life. bob dylan misinterpreted this to be, “i get high”, and the story from there is that bob went to visit the beatles and ended up introducing them to mrs. i don’t mind either that the word ‘meld’ is now being used as a kind of fusion of melt and weld, instead of in its original sense of ‘announce’.” i think she finally got it straight but it was hilarious to hear about this huge, continuing argument! can’t hear you over the beach boys singing that old fave, ‘little loose tooth’./r another variation on the singular pronoun for his or her. and remember, i am with you always, to the end of the age. then i learned something, and i’m always grateful for learning something new. the “all in the family” , i thought they sang, “o the way that miller (glen miller) played, songs that made the hit parade” , and “jee our ole lasalle ra grate” (our old lasalle ran great) what is la grate, and how does a lasalle do it? words that say i’m weak”, but instead of “weak” i hear the nonsense word “wheesh” i still hear it. this in a story once:Of the united states of america,And to the wee puppets. hope the exit is joyful and hope never to return. is how i always thought it was, bathroom on the right. i was maybe 3 years old, but i was very precocious and was reading when i was just 2 years old.” assuming you know that “they” is supposed to refer to bob and not to another group, this becomes obviously wrong. when new language variations pop up, in most cases they are considered “wrong”. thought at first someone was about to be sacrificed to a monster or something! song “hot n cold” by katy perry where she goes like, “you pms…” i used to think it said “you pee a mess”. her last words are: "can you imagine, for doing little things with great love, the church is making her a doctor, like st. second one i used to sing was from the song blinded by the light by manfred mann’s earth band, where i would confuse the lyric, “revved up like deuce,” as “racked up like a douche,” without knowing what a douche was, as i was only four years old at the time.: tim russert, longtime host of meet the press on nbc. took they awhile to realize i was not singing 10th avenue freeze out still love hearing bruce. the studio rec’s supposed to be similar as being on stage. family member recently asked what an “infanso” was after many years of misunderstanding silent night….” i thought it said , ” can i sleep in your arms one eyed lady. someone is obsessive over using perfectly correct grammar, it could actually hinder them from communicating effectively. he then appeared to have lost consciousness, and the nurse decided to inject him with a lethal dose of morphine to ease his passing. my simple rule of thumb is “if it sounds like a vowel, use ‘an’… if it sounds goofy, use ‘a’. i will be generous and assume that your final sentence was intended to be humorous and not as a snide snipe. don’t have time to read this massive line of comments, so please forgive me if i’m repeating anyone. keep on choogling- “keep on chewin, if you don’t know, you are not a man”. my personal fave from above is:Somebody convince me that “help me, rhonda” does not contain the line “since you put me down there’ve been owls pukin’ in my bed. you’re like, “you know, i try and try to feel, but i’m just so bad at it!: bo diddley as he lay dying on his deathbed with his family surrounding him. is available under the creative commons attribution-sharealike license; additional terms may apply.” by ac/dc, or my all-time favorite, “massage in a brothel.” i pled a leader 2 da new ninety stays of america” for the opening line of the “pledge of allegiance”, instead of “i pledge allegiance to the united states of america”…. he was the first person executed involuntarily after moratorium was lifted. after all, if they’re *just* ignorant, why would so many kids be using the word the same way? this was his last recorded radio transmission; he and copilot cwo donovan "bull" briley were killed in the crash.” he was annoyed when, laughing, i told him he was singing the lyric wrong.“puff the magic dragon lived by the sea / and frolicked in the autumn mist in a land called honah-lee…”.: and they came with bears gifts of old common sense and furs.” it’s so much fun to say when you know what it is supposed to be, don’t you agree? i guess a lot of people will be double checking their comments before pressing the submit button. there was also…”now i lay me down to sleep”..There’s a story that went around where i work that one of our secretaries misheard some dictation. verse in “battle hymn of the republic” sounds like “i’ve seen him in the watchfires of a hundred circling cats” … however, it should be “i’ve seen him in the watchfires of a hundred circling camps. my sister and i both thought he said “annie do you want cake. i’m sure there’s a more accurate one somewhere. these were his last words:In essence, the conflict that exists today is no more than an old-style struggle for power, once again presented to mankind in semireligious trappings. my favorite of all was a full on, hip-swinging rendition with the arm up, elbow locked, and palm facing you singing “stop in the neighborhood, before you break my heart” by the supremes., hear, though – i agree with everything you said (‘an historic’ is one of my particular pet peeves). about 5 years from age 7, i was convinced that the hymn “balm in gilead” was “there is a bomb in gilead to heal the sin-sick soul.” the reasoning of a seven-year-old concluded that people build bombs that kill people, but jesus builds bombs that heal people.: said after being shot by american sharpshooters during the battle of queenston heights.: leon czolgosz, assassin of us president william mckinley, electrocuted in 1901., as a child i was quite horrified to hear irene cara sing, “take your pants off, and make it happen! when “night moves” by bob seger would play, i always thought they said “tight poop! while he was presented as a microcephalic (or "pin-head'), he was not one in reality, nor did he have any mental retardation as do authentic microcephalics.@sarah turner (#81): i’m sure that most of the nits in the article and comments are now well and truly picked, but i was struck by your use of “two penneth”.: asclepius was a greek god of healing (his shrine is on the side of the acropolis).… and i would like to know what bastard killed the serial comma? me thinks that the wife of (insert property owner’s name here) doth not think what she thinks she means. but … the satirical shout all but fails for one simple reason: cctv is such a bland, clumsy, rhythmically null and phonically forgettable word, if you can call it a word, that the swipe lacks real punch. truant – iirc in “eats shoots and leaves” that that comma is called an “oxford comma” for some reason and that it’s a question of style not grammar. always through that “but me born and raised (in the ghetto)” from snow’s “informer” was “but me born and raised in connecticut.“one of my cousins thought “band on the run” by paul mccartney was “ham on a bun”.) especially in song lyrics… and i have this habit of singing the wrong lyrics, even though i know they are wrong, just because i think it’s funny. others must of thought the wrong words too, so they “resang” the opening theme and enunciated it more. favorite mondegreen is in an episode of family guy when brian is asked to the prom by meg asher last hope of getting a date, and brian asks if he turns meg down, would she would herself. theories touching on the nature and origins of language that have had some vogue include that of professor jayne’s 1976 book the origin of consciousness in the breakdown of the bicameral mind, a fascinating and bold attempt to explain language and, more fundamentally, consciousness itself. recently, in “as long as you’re mine” from “wicked”, i thought fiyero was saying “it somethin’ i felt”. the sentence would still make sense without it and could be moved: “i, myself, did the job. of the hardest ones to for people to figure out, i think, is “sweet escape” by gwen stefani.” if i remember correctly, it’s named after a professor(? just love it when a favourite maverick shows his anal side!: in the death chamber, martin spoke about three minutes in what prison officials said was the longest final statement by a condemned inmate since ohio resumed executions in 1999. which were notorious for unreliability in the early days of automotive engineering. in mind, language (at least, english) is a living language, and to try to proscribe any changes is a losing proposition.” if they use the latter, it is a gimmick and they do not use it consistently.@christine your teachers probably meant use “an” before a mute “h”, the mute must not be coming across. but my thought occurred to me when i saw a graffito which took up a whole gable end wall in london the other day. no, the claim to be defending language for the sake of clarity almost never, ever holds water. tell aleida to forget this, remarry and be happy, and keep the children studying.
i’m reading them all but don’t feel the need to jump in on everything. is a composite of every misinterpretation i’ve heard over the years:“our father, howard, in heaven, how’d you know my name?. i thought why do mice sit on john and take off their shoes. was quite some time later that she realised that they were offering “service with a smurf”–and were giving away blue cuddly toys with a tank fill.: siddhartha gautama buddha, an ascetic and sage, on whose teachings buddhism was founded. they went so far, under the patronage of bishops and monarchs who took an interest in the subject, as to take foundling children by way of experiment and isolate them completely from all human congress, to give them no access to language at all while they grew up, in the hope that they would revert to some posited universal and original language, the linguistic equivalent of a chemical element or primary tissue, and thereby prove once and for all which of the world’s tongues had primacy. not walk quite so fast and do hold your head up marietta. fraternity from college was called “lancer” and we were based on king arthur and the knights of the round table, so in my head i’ve always heard:“good day to be a lancer,Good day to be a knight, he says., according to laroquod’s statistics, a full 10 percent of my readers will stumble over my errors. i was literally (ha) going to start telling all that would listen about your brilliance, your beauty (surely all grammar snobs are beautiful), your… hmmm, what is the word? a favorate couple have a secreat signal their personal life in talk a group friends a little man asked some question ,that couple remember their secreat signal,that situation under standing only that couple, see in to eyes and lough no one understanding, that calds>>>>>>>>. my daughter was young she sang “give me two pink enchiladas” during a song that actually says “give me two pina coladas”.” misinterpreted song lyrics are a fairly common phenomenon, and they’re called mondegreens.” it wasn’t until several years later that i found out the words were actually, “i’ve got chills, they’re multiplying, and i’m losing control…”.)-y/o mind just accepted it as gospel, like anything i heard from adults at the time. my ears, that sounds so strange, im used to hearing, yes please.: sadako sasaki, hiroshima atomic bomb victim, after tasting her tea before dying of leukemia at age 12. yeah, guess our lives must have been really dull at the time! many people with native language different than english do common sense errors in their blogs instead promoting clean and crisp language…. used to wonder what a “donzer” was, in the star-spangled banner.: william joyce, irish-american fascist, nazi collaborationist and propaganda broadcaster known as "lord haw-haw". the thunder chief can do dirty deeds and use his thunder jeep to get away.” my sister and i still chuckle over it whenever we hear the song. on october 12, 1997, denver was killed when his experimental rutan long-ez plane crashed into the pacific ocean near pacific grove, california.” people try to argue on that one, but i don’t know anyone who says “historic.” while my mum sang: “diddle-i, diddle-i, diddle -i, see you crying.” however, the nice thing about:“clearly, this person didn’t know what they were doing. my attorney, ron kuley, will read my letter at a press conference after this is over. it could be anything i guess, if you want to hear it you will hear it. of my friends in high school (almost 40 years ago) used to sing the dance song “do the hustle” as “eat a hotdog”. i was reading something else right now, we’d, literally, be climbing the walls (perhaps you and myself will go down in the pages of an historic novel for doing so). used to think it said ‘and one horse opens leg’. always thought “bring me a higher love” was “bring me an iron lung”…never did make sense as to why they were singing about polio! forgive us our christmases as we forgive those who christmas against us. "yes, i am," in response to, "are you john lennon? whatever voice was talking to him gave him the right answer and he just relaxed with it. in disney’s the little mermaid, there was a part of poor unfortunate souls i never got until i saw it in captions.. and one time i was talking in class… (as ma normal life goes…) and the teacher caught me and said “hava try, work it out” i thought he said “hava try, jerkertout” and i said back what jerk?@sean – one of my favorites, but cb has already done that one. you can always count on your grammar geeks to jump in on something like this, j. of “give me the beat boys, and free my soul” it turned out to be “gimmie the beachboys, and free my soul”. my little brother used to sing “soup and noodles, soup and noodles, and chicken for tea”. i was reminded of an excellent example by this article, though it may be a bit old. here’s an example of a disagreement:“clearly, this person didn’t know what they were doing.’s how you remind me where it says “these five words in my head scream are we having fun yet” always sounded like “these five words in my head scream out heaven forget” i could never figure out how “heaven forget” was 5 words., if you’ll excuse me, i’m late for my grammar geeks anonymous meeting. of the serial comma makes me nuts in ap style.. edt on october 25, 2005 after the lethal injection at the southern ohio correctional facility in lucasville, ohio. father swears he thought the van morrison song “brown-eyed girl” was called “one-eyed girl,” but that may just have been a joke he was trying to pull on me. of “all the” i learned that it originally was “all ye” which would translate to “all you” today. child brain had got confused by hearing the who’s bald headed woman slightly before it. just take the other person out of the sentence and see what you’ve got.!It’s a rhetorical question, so it’s more like a statement than a regular question because the speaker does not expect — nor is even asking for — a response. brother thought michael jackson’s “smooth criminal” said “eddie are you walk jay, are you walk jay eddie?, johnny, lock the comments so i can get back to work! he is your shield and helper and your glorious sword. this case, i don’t find the young man a chimp – but a genius! the way, one of my weaknesses is using commas everywhere and way too much…maybe you can do an article on punctuation next time! my friends laughed as i sang bruce springsteen’s lyrics… dead devil in the freezer.” i still think it makes as much sense as “wife of a close friend. grandfather convinced my 12 year old cousin that the star spangled banner was actually about a boy who couldn’t afford yankees tickets. but if you’re lax and make a bunch of simple errors, you’ll come across as stupid. suppose we should remind ourselves of the old distinction made by the structuralists and structural linguists.” in my mind i can still recall the bizarre image of a dinner roll and a necktie. can and should use “an” if the h is silent and the word starts with a phonetic vowel, like “an hour. there was a push back to making things gender neutral by using “he” as the universal pronoun., according to my friend when we were 5-ish:“i will make you vicious old men if you follow me”! the only 2 distinguishable words are chicarron, macarron–the rest is just a bunch of mumbling! was just about to laud you with praise for correcting the autofill mistake (we’re still better than computers! so, kindly get back to us now for more info on how you will get the suitcase delivered to you.? perhaps you could make it your business to mishear and/or misinterpret other items and gain fame for this later : ).: last known words spoken to the public at a lecture entitled the sanction of the victims. the incorrect use of “myself” probably results from someone figuring out that “so-and-so and i” is not always correct, but not having a good grip on the actual rule.’d say there are quite enough linguistic challenges to worldwide communications without dwelling on such issues of, shall we say, taste. “still alive,” the song at the end of portal, “anyway this cake is great” sounds like “many wages came too late” or “many wages came to great. i just remember reading it a place or two as being a newer version of the “he” rule for unknowns, and as i said in an earlier comment, it actually strikes me as being overly pc..in the meadow we can build a snowman, and pretend that he is parse and brown. but i’m only too acutely aware of the fact that i all too often make mistakes. just re-read my own blog entry and found a spelling error. friend told me years ago that her mother’s friend thought glen was singing, “like a right strong cowboy” (country folk, aka culshies, in n. every source i checked seemed to have a different opinion. i realize that this is more for emphasis, yet people use it to sound poetic, sophisticated. is often said to have died after being punched in the stomach before having a chance to tighten his abdominal muscles. i was so disappointed to lose my cross-eyed friend when i found out the lyrics were really “…gladly the cross i’d bear. so while i’ve learned to cautiously hold my tongue during conversations in social settings, as a freelance copyeditor/proofreader and a woman on a mission, i love to “red-pencil” written work. then there’s the abuse, overuse, and misuse of “basically. it is evolving constantly and things that were not okay a long time ago, seem to be acceptable now.” i’m not sure i’d like to be in the midst of a hundred circling cats, especially if they were smart enough to build watchfires. took me years of learning english to find out what her naughty ears heard.: louisa may alcott, an american novelist and poet best known as the author of the novel little women. give everyone a little history of the use of “universal pronouns”:Traditionally, in the history of the world, the most common universal pronoun around the world has been “he.” oops guess it was “when i grow up i wanna have groupies” either way.'m about to board a boat full of white snow. the helicopter stalled and plummeted into the hudson river while jane was still on the air, unintentionally broadcasting her final moments all across the metropolitan new york city area. parsed sentences as a little girl for fun, so this was a treat, literally, like. so now tom, darren, and myself will have to come up with something totally better!: during a media conference that was held at beaconsfield, tasmania on 7 may 2006, richard carleton asked this question to matthew gill (mine manager of the beaconsfield mine), in light of the beaconsfield mine collapse. some of its outline was determined by the romans who conquered it two thousand years ago, since then atop the ruins of the roman, saxon, dark age and norman london was constructed a medieval city of winding streets, jostling half-timbered mansions and soaring stone cathedrals and churches. the constant grunting noises throughout the song by bob made me laugh and cringe… and when he said that he was “…workin’ on the tight poop!: howard phillips lovecraft, american author considered to be one of the most significant 20th-century authors in his genre. believe there are those who don’t understand that the universal “he” can be sexless. the plural subject “they” agrees with the plural predicate “were.: these words were said to varney's companion before dying from lung cancer., and bonus points to anyone who realized that my last post was about how i’m addicted high numbers of comments, that in the comments of that post brian mentioned that grammar posts always draw zillions of comments, and that i hence wrote my next post about grammar. of course i knew that wasn’t how it was meant to be understood. if felt that if we were going to “remember it”, we should learn how to pronounce it. thought it was about these two guys – dirty deeds and the dunder chief…. i die hard, but i am not afraid to go. my daughter was younger (about 8, she is now 25), we were driving in the car and a peter frampton song came on.“cleaning up the spilled milk is an act of accountability for whomever was responsible for spilling the milk. always thought that the line, “somebody needs to know the time / glad that i’m here,” from “good morning, good morning” by the beatles was “somebody needs to know the time / lack of time here. and the oasis song “wonderwall” lyric ‘backbeat, the word is on the street that the fire in your heart is out’ said ‘might be, the weather’s on the street, there’s a fire in your auntie’s house’. from the hawaiian culture where “haole” means “foreigner” in general, but non-native caucasian in particular, what i heard as a kid was:“our father, wart in heaven, haole be thy name.: kurt cobain, an american musician who was best known as the lead singer, guitarist, and primary songwriter for nirvana.” in a sarcastic manner whenever someone says they literally [fill in the blank]. those other words are way too hard to annunciate in a song. myself also mourns, sometimes, the death of that phrase i bade you upon pain of slapping to remember some time back, ‘willy-nilly’, do you remember? helens andre stepankowsky, memories, lessons from mountain's fury, the daily news, 17 may 2005. christmas theme gone awry: until i was 27 or so and my three-year niece told me otherwise, i always thought that the line in jingle bells was “dashing through the snow, on a one-horse soaping (soapin’ in newyorkese dialect) sleigh”. ‘i’ is always a subject (‘i eat’, ‘i sleep’, not ‘me eat’, ‘me sleep’ once past the age of about 5 anyway…) and ‘me’ is always an object (‘teach me’, ‘feed me’ – not ‘teach i’ or ‘feed i’. you, i do understand,but it still sounds wrong in my ears.” i used to sing (and admittedly sometimes still do sing), “i’m gonna be a mighty king, my enemies be bears! imagine my disappointment when a three-year old niece burst my bubble so to speak.” i knew that wasn’t the lyrics but it’s what i came up with when i couldn’t figure out what he was saying. consider “wysiwyg” (“what you see is what you get”) which most people say as if it were a word rather than w-y-s-i-w-y-g. / mustang salad, my baby, / guess you better slow your mustang down. unless your kid is over 60 years old i doubt your veracity.” the dog say goodnight” should be ” the dark sacred night” from ” what a wonderful world” ( louis armstrong ). or how about the beach boys “little deuce coup” as “little two scope”? a former english teacher, i love how concisely you explained each of the rules.(stef being short for stephen, while kok is dutch for cook). to put it again, in an accidental line of decasyllabic verse, ‘none would be missed if they didn’t exist’. thought a line in a taylor swift song was “a batch of night lights” bur she really was singing “that july 9th”., were i given the task of selecting a committee i might say “i’ve selected a committee that includes john, irene and myself., there was a place in our house called a “living lerm. although popularly attributed to captain james lawrence as his dying words during a battle with a british frigate off the coast of boston on june 1, 1813, there remains the possibility these words were not his, but those of someone reporting the battle. since i came to us, i’ve been reading the morning paper with a marker and a dictionary. i think that sometimes maybe we do need to ask god to forgive our christmases! we should get together and talk about that mad affiliate cash you just sent me. as self proclaimed ‘work in progress’, these are great points, yet there is a balance to strike between getting it right and getting it published, wouldn’t you agree? i heard: and i think it’s gonna be a long, long time. he said someone once requested the happy enchilada song and he had to ask what they meant.—”i pledge allegiance to queen fragg and her mighty state of hysteria…”—. know it’s not an either/or dilemma but i think being overly critical of the precise use of language is a misplaced & exaggerated concern.… and something we discussed on twitter recently:Who were michael jackson? it’s ever-changing based on the needs and even whims of its users. “damn, i was scunted as i walked home,” “they’ve just erected a series of scunts in the street outside,” “britain is the most scunted country in the world” … etc etc. say goodnight (dark sacred nights), in louis armstrong’s interpretation of “what a wonderful world”. that the point of written text is to communicate a message from writer to reader, sweating over irrelevant grammatical errors is like a baseball pitcher worrying about dirt on his shirt when in fact he can’t throw! i hope so, because it’ll certainly make writing a little easier! language, there is no such thing as “end of story”. october last year, not 10 meters from where these men are now entombed, you had a 400-tonne rock fall. well, whether scunt or ss surely there really should be a memorable and punchy new designation for cctv – at the moment it is simply too greasy to wrestle. misheard mondegreen: “i was a creature before i could sin”. s lewis argued that the ban against split infinitives was an inappropriate attempt to make english conform to latin or french uses of the infinitive (which are single words, so they can’t be split). so you can understand, most likely, why people are still using it at the present, even though it is considered incorrect by many grammarians. i hope so, because it’ll certainly make writing a little easier! last recorded words, to his grand-children and his servants, as quoted in the national preacher (1845) by austin dickinson, p. aunt informed me after regaining her breath from laughing at me that carly simon was not singing about “the wife of the postman” in “you’re so vain.” – had to look that one up, ’cause i knew it wasn’t right. things that are kept to purity of line, in the kennel club manner, develop all the ghastly illnesses and deformations of inbreeding and lack of vital variation. i was little, i took spanish at my elementary school from a woman from argentina.“me father gave me nose a tweek until me eye was bad (and told me i was bad)”. i even have a ring of support around my bed as i type… goodbye world.(it’s the same principle as a barely literate inner-city tenant telling me haughtily that her brother is “presently incarcerated in a corrections facility.’s an example from a post where i used “their” as singular:“anyone who would be foolish enough to start clapping would immediately be met with the beam of a laser pointer in their eye, courtesy of the m. kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. favorite line in “don’t stop believin’” by journey is “heaven’s just a funky moose…”. much humor (perhaps all) has to do with one person or group being “put down” or otherwise having their social status taken down a notch. thought “god shed his grace on me” was “god shed his brains on me” for a very long time… i kid you not. i see some previous comment posters made that same mistake. unfortunatley there’s a lot of mistakes printed, and somtimes asking natives to explain, i get a lot of contradicting responses ? little brother thought for the longest time that it was “cat scratch jeepers” and not “cat scratch fever” from the song by ted nugent.: josephine baker, an american-born french dancer, jazz and pop music singer, and actress.: jackson was accidentally shot by his own men and later died from pneumonia. totally abuse the ellipsis… the reason i use it so much is:1) i’m used to using my blackberry storm keyboard and there isn’t a comma on the main keyboard so you have to switch so i use an ellipsis instead when i’m in a hurry., you use “were” because you’re actually not at work right now. akiba was being flayed by a roman executioner for his continuing to teaching the torah, despite the roman prohibition on doing so (talmud berachot 61b). the same song, i thought “and so my needs are great” was actually “and so my knees are great”. i am proud to die for my ideals and i am sorry for the sons of britain who have died without knowing why. am ready to die for my lord, that in my blood the church may obtain liberty and peace. ball's last written words, to carol burnett along with her annual birthday gift to her, were happy birthday, kid.” the worst offense i’ve ever heard/read was from a college-educated colleague who actually said: “i will put it on her and i’s calendar. the way, for those taking notes, notice how much more attention this post gets from johnny not trying to have the entire discussion in the post. am one in the same with those who thought “there’s a bad moon on the rise” was “there’s a bathroom on the right. sure, it was much easier than getting the ‘right’ spelling. i know that’s a bad sentence, but it tells the tale., how long does a comment need to be in order to be worth two pennies? i was taught about the use of ‘me’ or ‘myself’ was that if you took out the other people then the sentence should make sense still; so “the committee will consist of bob, mr. well, what i heard was, “roll me over the tie.” which led to years of “are you guys walk jay back there? among adam's last words were the utterance of thomas jefferson's name. to note that in 2001, the houghton mifflin company included a question in a survey about using “impact” as a verb in the way that smitty777 objects to.…phone now and you’ll be back together with the (wo)man you swore never to love again before sunset/ sunrise if they’ve moved. do i say “i decided to quickly run away,” without split infinitives, while preserving the meaning of the sentence? call me angel…just brush your teeth before you leave me, angel. always thought it sounded like “the legend lives on from the chippewa on down to the big lake they call itch me goolies”.: keith moon, drummer for the british rock group the who. i’ve never taken a negative comment as a bad thing because it causes controversy which then brings the crowds. reportedly, malcolm was dead before his body struck the floor., so, thank you for pointing that out- i didn’t know. reportedly were his last words, spoken to sergeant jaime terán, who in different accounts had either volunteered to be his executioner, or been selected by lot.: the december 29, 1972 crash of eastern air lines flight 401 was a result of the flight crew's failure to recognize a deactivation of the autopilot during their attempt to troubleshoot a malfunction of the landing gear position indicator system. i had no idea what the song was about (about a stay at home dad…not some random asian man…”.: he was speaking on the telephone to his former wife lucille ball, regarding her upcoming (and ultimately final) tv series, life with lucy., i’m only “nitpicking” because he’s basically saying “these are rules of grammar you all should follow” and there should be a counter to that as those rules aren’t nearly as solid as he makes them out to be.” i was sure that the last line was “you’ll go down and hiss da ree.: “it’s more common today to use ‘she’ as the universal pronoun.” that is, until she realized that the song actually said “gladly the cross i’d bare.” (no, i know there’s nothing wrong with splitting an infinitive, but some of my readers do. all seriousness, this article was practical and i was able to put it to use immediately. since there was no comma after jack’s name, john and jim claimed that the estate should be split into thirds not fourths with jack and jill sharing a third.: pino puglisi was reported to have smiled to his killer. to my nieces, nephew and uncle i love you very much. said, generally speaking, here in the us people generally seem use adjectives instead of adverbs. also could never figure out what michael jackson was singing in billie jean until i read the lyrics. they don’t read well, nor can i retain what they mean, muchless pronounce them if reading the allowed.: lavinia fisher, hanged for murder on february 18, 1820, while wearing her white wedding dress gown. to this great post and all the comments, plus my decades of experience, i’ve come up with my own top-5 list, which i’ve posted on 3 times this week. a music teacher, before i teach the star spangled banner each year i always lead with a question. the example above, “tales” is a plural subject, so it requires a plural verb; in this case, the word “are.“do you think this is an example of language constantly changing, which i suppose could reasonably be claimed given the number of times i hear it in a week? first quote was written on a note some hours before his death. for so many years i listened to tommy row sing “dizzy” and thought he was saying, “like a world buelle it never ends. (the eagles seemed more like chevy folks–like don mclean, i guess. mother-in-law, as a child, heard the words “cherries hurt you” in a hymn that actually said “cherish virtue. if you use perfect english and your writing is repetitive, boring or borders on plagiarism, then correct verb-subject agreement means little to me.: said to a secret service agent over an in-house telephone. naval lieutenant; on february 5, 1831, a gale caused his boat to drift into the quay at the port of antwerp.” to this day, i always thought he was singing, “annie are you walking?, it’s obvious that no one ever taught you that the nice thing to do is keep your mouth shut if you don’t have anything nice to say. i’ve seen others that mention common mistakes, but this one tossed out a few new ones. came here to say exactly what laroquod (and others) said., john brown, am now quite certain that the crimes of this guilty land will never be purged away but with blood.-one of the go-go’s songs i thought had to do with smelly feet…can’t remember which one! “why is everyone so concerned about america’s natural race horses? superficially appealing as an idea for about five seconds, but horrifying the more you think about it..w, wodehouse, waugh and wilde, three writers who greatly excited my imagination and stimulated my language glands like no other. character was removed from the alphabet but is still used every day? high school we had to sing “when they saw the star” in chorus; the boys always sang the line “one bright day i saw in rich array” as “one bright day i saw rachel ray. i want to thank all of my family and friends for my prayers and who supported and believed in me. more importantly, i’m ambivalent about sounding like a chimp. once had a jam session with some guy who started off queen’s “another one bites the dust” with “another one rides the bus., i must admit, most of these mondegreens– ok, well, maybe half– i’ve heard, too. we were in middle school, my friend thought the line from roxanne’s it must’ve been love was “lay a whisker on my pillow” instead of whisper. i couldn’t do before now i think i can, so i’m leavin here a better man.: selena had been shot in the back by yolanda saldívar during an argument over missing financial records.: written on the back of a hotel receipt, with a bunch of random thoughts and the reasons he loved his girlfriend. you may think “impacted” medically, but i don’t think it’s the first thing that comes to mind for most people. are great for mondegreens:As a child, i remeber ordering sunday dinner for myself and with great pride i requested a chicken fried “snake” instead of “stake. i was a little girl, my dad was a big gum chewer. this account disproves the myth that bernall said "yes" to dylan klebold before he shot her dead (it was actually valeen schnurr who got terribly shot before being asked by klebold if she believed in god and surviving the whole ordeal). course, once something like “mondegreen” is on your mind, you hear them everywhere. one might say that using a question mark is more “correct”, but there’s a certain logic to using the period which i can appreciate. sister thought the line “how can we be lovers if we can’t be friends” was “how can we be lovers if we can’t pay the rent,” which is a valid point too. each of us has our (many good writers today avoid the his/her sexism issue by using a predicate plural with a singular subject) own pet hates, but too many of us use them as a highly dubious reason to be snobbish about other people’s writing. i’m also pleased to be able to tell you that my correcting them does have an effect and they generally subsequently ask to borrow a pen the next time. little sister would always sing to this american authors’ song called “luck. secrets have been revealed to me that all i have written now appears as so much straw.: he was in the econowash laundromat at the dominion hills shopping center in arlington, virginia, and spoke those words to no one in particular as he left the laundromat to get something from his car.- the famous track ‘the israelites’ was misheard by a listener as. irving berlin wrote the song, “my defenses are down” for the musical “annie get your gun,” he asked his young daughter what she thought of the score after the child has sat with him in the audience during a dress rehersal. that is all it takes – how does it sound best. “up from the grave he arose/ with a mountain sitting on his toes…”. if badly modifies feel then it seems to imply you have problems emoting. perfect moments can be had, but not preserved, except in memory. is a clear case of how the english language is being butchered by americanisation.: when asked on his deathbed who was to succeed him, his voice may have been indistinct. i’d rather we had a unique word (other than “it”, which would sound even worse), but i think the singular “they” is fast becoming standard usage. mother was astonished once to hear we were about to sing “with one green eye” (“with wond’ring awe”).’ve used this analogy before, but i’ll use it again. one of the weirdest ones i’ve come up with is in lady gaga’s “bad romance”, she sings,” want you in my rear window, baby you’re sick”.: carmen ellis, a three-year-old girl, beaten to death by her mother's boyfriend. in his home, james climbed on a chair to dust a framed picture hanging on the wall.' let us believe, in spite of doubts and dogmas, of fears and tears, that these dear words are true of all the countless dead. i see that word combination, i always believe the writer is ignorant. “always” i thought he said “when it’s cold, outsideeee, and i hear, your nameeeee” but he really says “am i here in vain” lol. one is mine, and i haven’t solved it in 30+ years since the song came out. oates voluntarily left the tent; it was his 32nd birthday.” i have heard some say the line is “are we human or are we denser? perhaps she shouldn’t be so sure she really knows the lyrics…to anything.: ingersoll used these same words in his eulogy for his brother, ebon, saying, "he who sleeps here, when dying, mistaking the approach of death for the return of health, whispered with his latest breath, 'i am better now. is an example of a sort of backwards mondegreen, in that the actual lyric turned out to be what i thought it was and everyone else had it wrong.’ve been taught that “whether or not” is equivalent to “regardless of whether,” so if it doesn’t seem sensible to express “regardless of whether” in the sentence, then you should use “whether” instead of “whether or not.: this was said when after he committed suicide he saw a guard, who may have been part of the assassination, running toward him thinking he was coming to rescue him. one of mishima's followers, a 25-year-old named masakatsu morita, tried three times to ritually behead mishima but failed; his head was finally severed by hiroyasu koga. mom thought steven tyler wanted to “do the funky lady”. about misinterpreting lyrics i laugh when i heard the hymn “bringing in the sheaves” as bringing in the sheets l” and how about the christmas carol ” hark the herald angels” as hark the hairy angels., i wanted to say that finding a good solution for a universal pronoun is difficult for many. a round from a second burst entered pyle's left temple, killing him instantly. i was going to mention ‘bring’ and ‘take’, but i have written previously about these two words. john singing “lucy in the sky with diamonds”, but heard:“lucy in disguise with diamonds. the place name seldom resurfaced after the kennedy administration came to a close. they’re too farting busy sneering at a greengrocer’s less than perfect use of the apostrophe.‘mondegreen’ seem so common that its infused in the evolution of human language and understanding. parents are country music fans, so my sister and i had some interesting versions of old country songs: first it was glen campbell’s “round stout cowboy,” also known as “rhinestone cowboy.: the famed starlet was reportedly attempting to seduce a man several decades younger than she was.“though the truth may vary, this ship will carry our bodies safe to shore”.: ronald ryan, the last man to hanged in australia on 3 february 1967. can’t find you on twitter either, so i’m exploiting cb comments.’s the ultimate: late british comedian and opera singer, harry secombe, in an operatic performance announced: we’re going to sing the next one in italian because we’ve forgotten the words. just before his death by firing squad, he was asked if he had any last requests. an example that i’ve been subjected to more times than i care to think about is the amtrak conductor’s announcement on pulling into a small town train station, “all doors will not open at the next station stop.-falco’s “rock me amadeus” is “hot potatoes, hot potatoes., sometimes we had to make a quick stop so my uncle could dash behind a clump of trees and ‘take care of business..” instead of “more than a woman to me, more than a woman.. ““myself” should only be used reflexively, to refer back to the subject. such use is not a recent development, nor is it a mark of ignorance. i just hope it’s real and bless you for your report .. the oxford comma (the comma before the ‘and’) is perfectly acceptable and should always be used for clarity. the girl replied enthusiastically that she liked all the songs, especially that one about the “mighty fences are down. i always imagined two moving company guys that resembled laurel and hardy picking up a couch with someone still sitting on it and carrying it to their truck. hearing the rolling stones’ “can’t you hear me knocking?“this is a clear case of how the english language is being butchered by americanisation. accounts also have his last words as being "what an artist that dies in me". perhaps it’s time for another update, now that we’re in, you know… the 21st century….: ted bundy, an american serial killer, kidnapper, rapist, and necrophile who assaulted and murdered numerous young women and girls. i was little, if never understood that i was blessing someone., yes to all of the above…yes to them making you sound like a chimp, not to actually committing these grammar violations. counting crows’ song “big yellow taxi”, i thought the lyrics were “they built paradise and put up a pumpkin light. walked through this dark tunnel and as i came out in to the bright stadium. tonight i thought it was “wach out cuz im naked” idk the real lyrics.'re not shooting me for deserting the united states army - thousands of guys have done that.’ (the republic for which it stands from the pledge of allegiance). friends and i couldn’t understand what john travolta meant when he sang “agantchu de motapayen, andalusia controh.” assuming you know that “they” is supposed to refer to bob and not to another group, this becomes obviously wrong. i know that i am spoiling your life, that without me you could work. 1795 there was a push for gender neutral pronouns worldwide, not just in america and the other countries mentioned above. this has also been quoted as: i only regret that i have but one life to give for my country. time i listen to “crash” by gwen stefani, i hear “drive back, baby, to me, fast in your car.” i believe they encourage the passive voice rather than the active voice, which does, indeed, make for dull reading. i recently came to the conclusion that language is an evolving thing but there are some words, quite a lot of them, that are exempt from this theory. there’s much too much snobbishness about correct usage, a great deal of which is motivated by a slightly sad need to put down others. british band, the who, were among the first to go beyond merely singing songs onstage. i was a kid, i used to think the band americas’s song “horse with no name” went, “in the desert you can’t remember your name ’cause there ain’t no one for to give you no name.. was/were… there are other issues with this that are unrelated to this complaint “we was going to town…” ? england, you only have to travel a few k’s/miles and you have english that is nowhere near the ‘queens english’ and it is one of the wonderful reasons for visiting that part of the world. if i were to chose a synonym for “went” it wouldn’t be “was”, it would be “became”. mom still wonders if she scarred me for life with her songs! i didn’t find out the real words until i was in my thirties. actually, it hasn’t fallen completely out of usage, even today. for years i said most of the words wrong because the girls next to me on that first day of assembly said it wrong too! solutions for today:“he” is used most often in writing.: this was his response to a nurse who told a visitor he was a little better.“you picked a fine time to leave me, loose wheel (lucille),With four hundred (four hungry) children and a crap (crop) in the field,I’ve had some bad times,Lived through some sad times,But this time the hurtin won’t heal,You picked a fine time to leave me, loose wheel (lucille)”. error that irks me the most is:“…for additional information, contact myself. have had that discussion regarding “badly,” though, and i’m not convinced. on july 2, he was given a pistol by 2 ss officers and was told he had 10 minutes to use it. of “suddenly, i see” by kt tunstall, i used to sing, “so, leah, see” which, to be perfectly honest, made zero sense. there’s only one description of the word drug that i’ve ever read, but i am using english dictionaries, not american or australian.…and now with my latest writing and utterance, and with what will be near my latest breath, i here repeat and would willingly proclaim my unmitigated hatred to yankee rule--to all political, social and business connections with yankees, and the perfidious, malignant and vile yankee race. taking medical histories, i’ve heard patients who claim to have had “smilin’ mighty jesus” instead of spinal meningitis. pledge alligance to the flag of the united states of america and to the republic for richard stans(which it stands) lol.: tom simpson was a cyclist who died on the mont ventoux, probably because of a combination of amphetamines, alcohol and the heat. as pantaleo removed his arm from garner's neck, he said the above line eleven times before going unconscious. to the person who thougt of this, i’m sorry. usually, there’s not a lot of room for misinterpretation with its use and can paint amusing mental images. forgot to mention one of the biggest abuses: using “it’s” when meaning “its. when it was revealed to me years later that it was “and pretend that he is parson brown” it was still confusing, since such an honorific was less common than pastor or minister. however, it figuratively drives me up the wall when i hear that “joe sixpack impacted the team with his star performance”. while not his last spoken words (clark had difficulty speaking due to a stroke he experienced seven years prior), they were the last words he made to the public. why is it, is it the strength of the seam, or the wealth of the seam, that you continue to send men into work in such a dangerous environment? thought the line in kokomo by the beach boys “that montserrat mystique” was “your mom’s a rotten stink! such as “a half pack” or “a quarter bottle” should be kicked out.’d also like to comment on arp’s comment:Another note regarding “because” — contrary to what is seen in a number of contemporary dictionaries, “because” is not a conjunction! the most common one for me is ‘because’ which my fingers nearly always want to spell ‘becasue’! am to be gathered to my people; bury me with my fathers in the cave that is in the field of ephron the hittite, in the cave that is in the field of machpelah, which is before mamre in the land of canaan, which abraham bought with the field of ephron the hittite as a possession for a burial place. though this may be a slightly more striking version of events, his actual last words are believed to be "all right, my man; go to your place", in response to a soldier telling him that he preferred to duck when being shot at, even from a great distance. it would have been confusing to say “x, y, z, and.], we finally figured out that it could possibly, just may, be my parents’ legal office calling… “cohen and chase. certainly there are rules that apply in any situation but language is a living, breathing thing and must be flexible. line – darlin’ she said, “i was yours to be seen”. about a year ago, my brother was playing a video game and with the classic nasally voice of a horse race announcer, i heard him say: “paul’s bein’ a ham! yes, that was me, meg who lists no website, but mostly because i was being lazy tonight, as well as perhaps uncharacteristically sarcastic. is also reported that "come my little one, and give me your hand. to the public, for riches dance, one asian, under cod, with liver tea and just this for all.: to his security staff, allowing the suicide bomber to go near him as if to give flowers. was “ev’ry down ring,” which never made any sense to me… until i found out it’s “let freedom ring.” she believed him (because grandpa is always right) and the next day, she tried to convince her classmates and teacher at school that they’d been wrong all along. brahms which discusses a letter from cassandra to her niece fannie knight after the death of jane austen on july 18, 1817. folger had first been injured in the house before running to the front lawn and collapsing, where she said her last words and died while being continually stabbed.’m also a victim of aerosmith’s “dude looks like a lady”. certainly there are rules that apply in any situation but language is a living, breathing thing and must be flexible.” another time i was talking to my sister and said, “but still though! the same song, i used to sing the line “i only want to die alive” as “i only want to die a lie”. north of sydney, australia, is the lovely waterway known as coal and candle creek. made sense to him, since the song mentions many other cities where “the heart of rock and roll is still beating”. the band made great music with the side effect that no matter what words you used when singing along, you were probably wrong. last words of notable people: final words of more than 3500 noteworthy people throughout history. i believe the word you meant to use was “acronym” which is a word that is comprised of the first letter or letters of the words in a phrase. i always enjoy reading posts on grammar and spelling because i’m one of those people that spots mistakes within text online, magazines and even in books. this was how he (and i) had for years heard the phrase in our prayer ‘hail mary”, the actual phrase being “……and blessed art thou. the annoyance is when the word “a” is pronounced “eh” by americans who have no idea about the correct pronunciation of the english language. as of the 23rd of october 2011, there is no officially accepted version of the death of muammar gaddafi. well i’m glad to say i’ve outgrown that silly approach to language.. i will join you in strangling anyone who does this. Therapy internship cover letter, tried for a long time to locate the music to a song by the beach boys that was about ba-ba-ba ba-babaran. mom still wonders if she scarred me for life with her songs!: calvin coolidge, 30th president of the united states, to a carpenter working on his home. comma before “and” is one of british versus us useage, the brits leave it out, the yanks put it in. wonder about using “whether or not” in the following sentence, though:“whenever you utilize ‘literally,’ stop and think about whether what you’re saying is actually true, in those exact words. cheese is real, and so it seems, is the pleasure of the text. i sing well, but it’ll take me 10 hearings before i catch half the words.” even after i introduced him to the taste of hummous.” and a popular christmas carol began “dashing through the snow, with a one horse soap and sleigh. variation often found in "famous last words"-lists: "either the wallpaper goes, or i do.” i knew it was a type of candy, but it really sounded dangerous. people, i tried to read all your comments, but really. popular intentional mondegreen in my youth was “a monk swimming” instead of “amongst women” in the hail mary. somehow, users feel that the use of “an” in this clunky way makes them sound distinguished, kind of like adding ye olde in front of tanning parlor, or saying indubitably with an english accent. i guess literally is used accurately in these cases, it just seems unnecessary most of the time. am in some pain… my hearing and speech are very poor. swear the first time i heard the pussycat doll’s “when i grow up” i thought it said. had a friend in high school who thought it was “virgin emergency” on foriegner’s ‘urgent”. easy way to improve grammar naturally is to read classic literature (or just books in general). that mean she was on back to see the tin roof was rusted?’ve been trying to teach my 7-year-old proper grammar, so when he says something like, “i runned in a race,” you’ll hear me say, “you did what? such as “a half pack” or “a quarter bottle” should be kicked out. he was captured and brought before the new emperor, who asked him, "is this how you have ruled, wretch?. in this case “i” is one of the subject of the sentence. if you’re completely right on that point, her milkshake brings all the boys to the yard, and most certainly it’s better than yours. go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the father, and of the son, and of the holy spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that i have commanded you. kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. it just appears to be my experience that “he” is used more commonly.” i couldn’t believe it when i heard a major female news anchor say “alls. just let the words fly from your lips and your pen. at the end of his life, the king was wheelchair-bound most of the time. whereas “really” is very generic (wow, that building is really big! hate when people say “i am going to meet my doctor. quoted in "muhammad ali told family he was 'in no pain and going to allah'" by nick allen, the telegraph (4 june 2016). am a die hard skynyrd fan, and would have sworn those misheard lyrics were the real ones. mom thought geico was saving people “15 percent moron car insurance”.: gustavo adolfo bécquer, a spanish post-romanticist poet and writer, also a playwright, literary columnist, and talented in drawing. here would be correctly used in the subjunctive mood — a case in which what you’re saying is hypothetical.” never knew what a parse was until my wife explained what made so much more sense…. was taught the words were: mares eat oats and goats eat oats and little lambs eat ivy, a kid will eat ivy too, wouldn’t you. this became a running joke with some friends in high school. remembered another… so the nickelback song “savin’ me” came on the radio one day and my mom was sure that on the part that said “i’m fallin, i’m fallin” they were actually singing “i’m farting, i’m farting.: said on a suicide note written four days before his death. ain’t seen no gooder debate in an comments section in an long time. always thought the shirelles were singing (in “will you love me tomorrow? the boy said, “i named him after the hymn “gladly, the cross-eyed bear” (gladly the cross i’d bear) it is a perfect mondegreen because the sounds are identical. more likely, the alternative version is accurate, that lennon slightly nodded (or appeared to nod) and could only manage a gurgling sound from his throat before he lost consciousness totally. time someone writes “an historic” in this thread, i hear it in anna doolittle’s voice in me ‘ead. reported in holmes moss alexander, aaron burr: the proud pretender (1937), p. still don’t know what the lyrics are to sheryl crowe’s “real gone” but i’m pretty sure i’m mishearing: “there’s a new cat in town, he’s got a high-paid defense” … “you think he’s so swell, but it’s just perpetuating prophecy”.’ apparently he was singing ‘we will come to joice’s, bringing in the cheese. i do it tactfully, though, so i don’t sound like an idiot. everything has gone from me but the certainty of your goodness. it had beautiful images, creative layout and fonts, and mistakes. & garfunkel’s i am a rock: “i’ve been waltzed (i’ve built walls) in fortress deep and mighty / that none may penetrate / i have no need of friendship / friendship causes pain / it’s laughter and it’s nothing like its name (it’s laughter and it’s loving i disdain)…”. mother used to sing that to me when i was a young boy, but – perhaps because of her line of work – i understood the first line to be “he flies through the air with the greatest disease …”.“and though the truth may bury this, sh*t will carry on”. i’ve found by listening to my ipod, after years of singing my heart out with the music, i’m surprised to learn the real words to many of my favorite songs! the chances of my ever returning a tennis serve are similar. can see clearly now the rain is gone, i can see all obstacles in my way.: eddie jamoldroy justice, a victim of the orlando nightclub shooting. if you wouldn’t use “myself” in a sentence if the other people weren’t in the sentence, then don’t use it. radio stations “the river” and “classic rewind” had these things that said, “the good thing about classic rock is that you know all the words:” and then had some hilarious mondegreens:“i’ve got a slack-jacket (black-magic) woman”.: flegenheimer had been fatally shot by another mobster and taken to the hospital. she said it was in a song, “daisy, daisy, give me your rancer do.(inflammatory, perhaps, judging by the length of this comment list, but not crazy!’ve always heard it as: “i masturbated, because when i walked out, they were all gone. most everyone realizes their mistake and we have a good laugh.@meg – no offense, but if you leave a comment where you’re criticizing somebody’s grammar, you’ve got to expect somebody to nitpick you if you make a mistake. not only is putting “an” in front of a word with an audible h grammatically incorrect, it’s also uncommonly annoying.: radioed to andy pilgrim while driving caution laps with 21 laps to go in the daytona 500, waiting for the last start in the race that took his life. have always thought back in black was back in play. i should have said that i recommend that good writers–like good chefs–should focus on their goals (to turn on readers or diners) rather than to show off too obviously their technical skills. bock, my 5th grade english teacher for giving me the simplest of litmus tests. brother used to think beyonce’s “all the single ladies” was “i’m a single lettuce”.: alexander iii of macedon, king of the ancient greek kingdom of macedon and a member of the argead dynasty.’s with grammar posts that it always get so many comments?'d like to thank the academy for my lifetime achievement award that i will eventually get. let there be textural delight, let there be silken words and flinty words and sodden speeches and soaking speeches and crackling utterance and utterance that quivers and wobbles like rennet. we take what nature and custom have led us to accept.(if you don’t agree that a peanut butter and jelly sandwich could be confused with a peanut butter sandwich and a jelly sandwich, i think you get the point… you could change the last to “ham and cheese.: in response as he drove away after he inspected a bullet in his vehicle's wheel and a newspaper man shouted "good luck! on another topic, i do wish to address your placement of the word “only” within the lead in to your last ‘myself’ example. but is there a “higher language”, a purer language, a proper language, a right language? of teenage trauma were alleviated when this mondegreen was corrected in my mind. i know that part isn’t english, because i’ve read the lyrics somewhere before, but i can’t remember what they are…. would hear “i’m blue da ba dee da ba di” as “i’m blue, i believe i will die”. narcissist by hedley, i thought for months they were singing, “we’re gay” but they were truly singing “we gave”. am not sure if i will ever use this word but interesting it is..A usage which has occasionally literally caused a muscle over my left eye to twitch uncontrollably. have heard another interpretation of the lyric in the song “human” by the killers. example, correct use of commas around clauses always results in the comma-surrounded clause being able to be removed from the sentence with the sentence still having valid structure.’d just point out that you always need to keep in mind your audience. magnum revolver into his mouth and pulled the trigger in front of tv news cameras that were videotaping what was originally presumed to be a press conference (dwyer had been found guilty of accepting bribes, and professed his innocence to the literal last moments of his life. makes this mistake, so don’t beat yourself up if you do.: he told his nephew to wear his armor and to hide his death until the battle is over to avoid demoralizing his men in the middle of battle. i read down the list, thinking, “hehe, i know somebody who does that. really… i mean if they slain that man and “lady mondegreen” that logically may signify lady mondegreen is of personal acquaintance of the man who was slain. every time i have to say the pledge of allegiance now, the words e plag nista comes to mind. sure to play "blessed lord" tonight — play it real pretty.“laying him on the green” can be the same thing as “and lady mondegreen”, especially since names are words. the chances of my ever returning a tennis serve are similar.” we all had a good laugh when we heard him singing along to the song. in the song “love you like a lovesong” by selena gomez and the scene i keep hearing/singing “a centerfold miracle, lyrical” as “a sinful miracle, lyrical. husband had his own version of the same song when it came out. reportedly said after his ten fellow-officers were shot by the firing squad, leaving him alive unintentionally. alternatively, you can alternate “she” and “he” in different instances throughout your copy.: said this during his final broadcast four months before his death from lung cancer on august 7, 2005. it should be there were voices down the corridor, thought i heard them say. one of the original signer of the declaration of independence no doubt! and are you *seriously* suggesting that the whole chimp thing is some sort of veiled racial insult? somehow people think they are interchangeable when one is a comparison and one references the passing of time. not a major mondegreen, but they played that song seventy million times in my youth, so i pictured murders and murders of blushing crows.” the use of “myself” emphasizes the reflexive nature of the choice. i bet you never make typos or say something wrong because you’re just that perfect! moments later, john palter, a former member of rockwell’s group, fatally shot rockwell from the roof of the shopping center. how many people knew that “beelzebub has a devil put aside for me. my friends used to think “build me up, buttercup” by the foundations was “build me a barnacle”.” “per se” means “by itself,” so the students were essentially saying, “x, y, z, and by itself and. the madonna song bad girl, i think, “in my heart i know we’re double-parked” when she is actually singing, “in my heart i know we’ve grown apart. always thought a lyric in the nirvana song “about a girl” said ‘i’m taking benadryl’ when in actually said ‘i’ll take advantage while’.’ were actually, ‘just let me staple the vicar/we’re giving love in a femidom. it’s the perfect word when you don’t know someone’s gender, even though it’s not grammatically correct yet. in 2013, a six-second video on the social media platform vine went viral for its portrayal of a young girl misinterpreting the lyric “you can call me queen bee” from “royals” by new zealand artist lorde. though it is true, i wouldn’t like to be thought of a slimy., i don’t want to be driving next to you..: "thomas jefferson… still survi—", but some research indicates that only the words "thomas jefferson" were clearly intelligible among his last. wonder about using “whether or not” in the following sentence, though:“whenever you utilize ‘literally,’ stop and think about whether what you’re saying is actually true, in those exact words. you obsess over every grammatical and structural point, you can come across as stiff.!It’s a rhetorical question, so it’s more like a statement than a regular question because the speaker does not expect — nor is even asking for — a response.: john reynolds, union general at gettysburg, seconds before he was shot by a confederate sharpshooter.“it’s not my style…” from a rooster song i forget now…but i remember a friend thinking it was “it’s not nostalgia. if you’re not building a site, we can’t learn from you, which makes you a simple critic who doesn’t realize that critics can never make typos… it’s the nature of the “i can’t do so i criticize” game. ducks are hazards in the bathroom (no dark sarcasm in the classroom)…”. there is a prayer or something that everyone would say out loud together called the apostles creed where jesus went through all these problems and that goes in one part that he “suffered under pontius pilate” (the roman emperor – pontius is pronounced “ponshus”). could go on, but you see how i got my reputation…. me of course… i’m calm, collected kind of guy. sometimes i us “an historic” but i think it just makes phonetic sense to me… and it’s only in conversation… i know it doesn’t make me appear smarter 😉. you, i do understand,but it still sounds wrong in my ears. favorite was from madonna, “pappa don’t preach” “cause i’m keeping my babay”. now we have two full alternate verses, starting: “blessed insurance, the policy’s mine, now i have coverage, it’s ok if i die. always wonderd who john virgin was and why he was gatherd around the baby jesus with the shepherds and wise men. historical continuity is important on many levels, let us not forget. you can tell by the way i use my walk,I’m a woman’s man, from time to time. but, the discussions above about sometimes yes, sometimes no make the most sense. was only a kid, and i had never heard of mull, or kintyre – and without an f, even o’ didn’t make a lot of sense. but if you said the incorrect “snuck,” they don’t even notice. is language a whore, used, bruised and abused by every john in the street … is the idea of purifying the dialect of the tribe a poetic ideal or nonsensical snobbery? adolescents song “amoeba” has the word “amoeba” repeated by a group of voices, and it sounds like they are repeating “tony hawk”.: “there’s a kind of hush” was “there’s a tiny brush”. it sounds fine and makes perfect sense to everyone reading it. the words "this youth" refer to the young mirza muhammad-'ali, who was being executed along with him. all my love by the doors, i always thought it said “seven horses seem to be on the lawn.: our father who art in heaven, halo’ed be thy name. but i, as a newcomer to these parts, have a few more peeves to add to the pot. people call me maurice,‘cause i speak of the pompatus of love.!Let’s not forget the rampant misuse of “hopefully” and “disinterested”:“hopefully we’ll qualify for the olympics. you probably share the belief of those who fail to use turn signals because driving is “more interesting. think they got the alias/that you’ve been living under.: “yes on land it’s much preferred for ladie’s not to say a word and after all dear what is idle prattle for? i don’t think they were “trying to sound intelligent,” it’s just the way the language was spoken around them. my mom always thought “fat bottom girls” was “black bottom girls,”. sister used to think the words to shania twain’s song whose bed have your boots been under?), used to sing it “set an open course for emergency”. little guy in my daughter’s first grade class drew a christmas picture of a bullet sitting on the branch of a small bush. wrote “bother” instead of “brother” — but brothers can often be bothers. blog in english, which is my second language, and have a fear of making stupid mistakes which i never make in my first language. wow, we canadians really think we’re something don’t we. thank you for pointing out the subtlety of using articles. red hot chili peppers, scar tissue:With the bird’s i’ll share this lonely view.: best died as a result of a lung infection and multiple organ failure caused by years of alcoholism.: texted one minute before sanchez, a los angeles metrolink engineer, collided his commuter train with a union pacific freight train in the chatsworth train collision. were they trying to trick me with lyrics that actually went, “in the desert you can remember your name, ’cause there ain’t no one for to give you no pain. “escape (the pina colada song),” i misheard “if you like pina coladas” as “if you like bean enchiladas.” i couldn’t believe it when i heard a major female news anchor say “alls. after hearing the song again under clearer circumstances i laughed and asked a friend that was puerto rican , why this blind guy was singing about some hispanic sailor named felix at christmas time? little niece was learning to pray by repeating her mother’s words: “lord, we’re grateful for our free country…” her daughter paused, shrugged and repeated, “lord, we’re grateful for our freakin’ tree!: said in a poem found next to him on his deathbed. for those about to take my life, may god have mercy on all of your souls.“myself” is used reflexively when the speaker is both the subject and the object in the sentence, as in,“i hit myself with the hammer.: in response to a roman soldier who was forcing him to report to the roman general after the capture of syracuse, while he was busy sitting on the ground proving geometry theorems. course, whether your correcting has much effect is another matter entirely. i laugh now every time i hear that song now that i know what it really says!” what would people think if you went into the store and said, “i’ll have an half gallon of milk, please”?: final paragraph of his last public blog post, written two days before his passing. of the rising sun is by the animals, not bob dylan. common cause of mondegreens, in particular, is the oronym: word strings in which the sounds can be logically divided multiple ways. one that busts my hump is the improper use of “i”. i’m a grammar nazi, so i get down right indignant when people misuse words. am surpsied i didn’t see this: “one ton tomato. the lyrics were up there and sure enough ” i still sange sing women, sing through the tears…”.: lucille ball, an american actress, comedian, model, film studio executive and producer. might sound weird, but in the song “operation ground and pound” by dragonforce, it really sounds like: “victory” and not the real “live tonight”. this one up to trying to sound intelligent, like the “myself” rule above. biographer has him saying nothing; simply shaking his fists defiantly at the heavens as a thunderstorm raged outside his window. one leaned out so far that she plummeted onto a passing clown. a child, i thought the refrain said, “andy he walks with me.” and in a kids’ book i read about 50+ years ago called “the feud at fennels”, one of the boys thought there was a cross-eyed bear called gladly (from the hymn entitled “gladly the cross i’d bear”). i like to illustrate my point with the following sentence, “meanwhile, in the back of the classroom, a student belched quiet!’s obviously more a matter of ease of pronunciation than it is of grammar. main problem with “an historic” is the way that people use “an” and stress the h.“johnny and i are reviewing grammar”… not “johnny and me”. but whatever the reason, the news does slow you down a bit.’s worth the effort to craft your writing as clearly, cleanly, and correctly as your ability permits.” the real lyrics were “i felt his love, from above, settle on me like a dove. remember lyrics that i thought were “a pup in the sky, where the little birds fly.) when it was actually “and while i’m away, i’ll write home everyday”. is nothing proper about what you are doing, soldier, but do try to kill me properly. thought amy winehouse sang “… didn’t get a lot éclairs…” instead of “…didn’t get a lot in class…” in rehab. however, i like to think of myself as more of an orangutan than a chimp. this was probably already posted but the killers song human. i still prefer to sing it this way in my head, though.: and they came bearing gifts of gold frankinsense and mhyrr. one day i finally figured it out “she was looking kinda dumb with her finger and her thumb in the shape of an l on her forehead”. of course what happened was that such children invented their own language amongst themselves, true languages with wide vocabularies and complex syntactical structures. the first 40 years of my life, when i heard the phrase “the devil may care”, it conjured up images of a rumpelstillskin-esque guy sitting at a spinning wheel because i thought the phrase was: “the devil make hair”. i recently came to the conclusion that language is an evolving thing but there are some words, quite a lot of them, that are exempt from this theory. years later my sister told me the real lyrics were: “mares eat oats and does eat oats and little lambs eat ivy. he always thought, and perhaps hoped, that he would die in a fight or "with his boots on". you all are trying to get more and more people and more business leaders involved in this, and talk about, uh, why it's important to get these business leaders involved.” is language being degraded, is it not what it was? and what is worse is when they call people who do not speak what they perceive as standard english stupid or otherwise less human (“…sound like a chimp”).” and having just heard thomas dolby’s “she blinded me with science” made me wonder how he could do this: “i can smell mechanicals. best tip i ever received from an editor: if you do not have access to an editor have anyone read your piece before publishing.” this sentence has two clauses, and the subject and predicate of each clause agree.’ve got one that’s stumping me, though, and would appreciate thoughts from anyone. or a more advanced example, “the country side” and “no city dust here”. pledge all engines to the flag and the untied stays of america and who the repugnant four widget stands, one nation, underground with liver tea and just ice for all.…every now and again, in this age of internet trolls, one happens upon a comment of profound authenticity.@marc you are right that it should be ‘johnny and i are reviewing grammar’ as ‘johnny and i’ are the subject of the verb. the first set of words were the last he said to his wife and son, the second were the last he said to his beatles band mate ringo starr, jokingly in response to ringo stating he would go to visit his sick daughter. weak, but i'll be all right in a little while, don't worry, darling. the example above, “tales” is a plural subject, so it requires a plural verb; in this case, the word “are. we should really have a post:267 grammar rules that are redundant, archaic, in need of updates or should be collectively changed. do not use to write comments, but when i heard yours i really needed to tell you that you made my day. high school buddy of mine thought the bee gees’ “more than a woman” was “strawberry woman. it wasn’t until i was in my early teen that i actually read the name on his door to discover that his name was dr. according to respectfully quoted: a dictionary of quotations (1989), the only documented source is the blue battle-flag inscribed with these words ordered and used by oliver hazard perry as a signal during the battle of lake erie, september 10, 1813. it is just like jesus said in the gospel to the one who was seated in the lowest place: "friend, come up higher. when told that there was going to be more delays, he jokingly said the line above before shooting himself with a gun filled with blanks that was meant for a scene in the episode. i’m a grammar nazi, so i get down right indignant when people misuse words. – oh my god, haven’t laughed this much in a long time. of “can’t read my, can’t read my, poker face, she’s got me like nobody”. (#208) wrote:“ok, i have to ask about my pet peeve “impacted”. in the 80′s, people in latin america were so hopelessly hooked on michael jackson music, they cheerfully sang. no, because now it sounds like “quickly” modifies “decided”, when it actually modifies “run”. keep that up, with your intelligence taking hits at each turn, and your reader will decide that you’re actually a chimpanzee — and not one of the smart ones, either. song has a lot of mondegreens unless you speak the language fluently or have the lyrics in hand. over time, that may change, but right now, using “literally” (where “really” might otherwise be used) is an annoyance to many – myself included. thing is for sure, good grammar or not, to stir up some traffic all you have to do is piss off a couple people and you’re golden. his executioner, as he waited for the axe to fall. but they don’t assume/seem informed on the ladies whose wit drawn. when we say “mankind,” we don’t mean just men.” since we sang the song in church where they taught us about cain slaying abel, and since i’d never seen a sleigh, it seemed to be the right word but with the wrong spirit. although, i think “it’ll be just fine” sounds better. about “olive, the other reindeer”, instead of “all of the other reindeer”,“mary had a little lamb, its fleas were white as snow”, instead of “its fleece was white as snow”. houdini was punched in the stomach, however doctors agree such a blow could not have caused his appendix to burst, which is what happened and is the cause of his death. because of this, my mother thought i understood the words she was singing., in her defense, i thought a different lyric from the song was “trust you with my wife,” but in reality it’s “try to see it once my way. the count called for help from the guard, but was killed before they could do anything.: spoken to her doctor over the phone two hours prior to her death.-pink floyd’s “another brick in the wall”:“we don’t need no education…we don’t need no ‘birth control’ ”. i didn’t find out until i was in my twenties that it was actually “you make me feel like a natural woman”. always heard “don’t let a day go by… without listerine”. i was younger, i thought the lyric for ‘lucy in the sky with diamonds’ was “the girl with colitis go by” instead of the correct “the girl with kaleidoscope eyes”. that no one can have indulged in the holy writers sufficiently, unless he has governed churches for a hundred years with the prophets, such as elijah and elisha, john the baptist, christ and the apostles… we are beggars: this is true. i have also been told that as a science teacher, i should ignore misspellings and grammatical errors as we should be focusing solely on the science.: said to his wife before going to sleep and dying from heart failure. what do you mean, “ain’t” ain’t acceptable any more?, that is not a reflexive use unless you could “job yourself”. the "milk" in question is the nickname he gave the drug propofol, which he was asking murray for before he died from an overdose. but if you were writing about an actual past event, you’d use “was” (e. article thanks and extremely useful so i will be sharing it far and wide – despite the fact that i’m pretty sure i occasionally flout at least two of the rules. this is how i thought the lyrics went, with the real ones in parentheses:My country tis of thee. only thing that worries me now is that having read all these i’m going to start hearing them in the songs. hungarian friend of mine who was a big fan of lenny kravits, but not very good with english, would always sing “as long as i’m breeding” instead of “as long as i’m breathing” in the song i’ll be waiting… and couldn’t understand why i found it hilarious.. it’s not lost on me that in my #1, i made a few references to “doing it wrong” when phil said it should be “wrongly. it confused and distressed his wife evie, since karloff hadn't mentioned pidgeon in years. i don't think two people could have been happier 'til this terrible disease came. song “invisible touch” says, “she seems to have an invisible touch, yeah., you could require that last “and,” and in my example, you’d say that it’s obviously five sandwiches because if it’s four, there is no final “and.: this was a reference to the running gag of his character nick yemana from the tv show barney miller having the reputation for making horrible coffee. “grapes of welch” doesn’t even sound like “grapes of wrath,” but i was so sure of my interpretation, that i had to look up the lyrics. one i read somewhere – i think it was a reader’s digest: a young boy was singing a hymn where the lines should have been ‘we will come rejoicing, bringing in the sheaves. suppose this would be a malaprop:During the early 1970s the was a tv ad for chiffon margarine, with the jingle. is this something you believe to have encountered, or something you read was true?’s song, “you give (uh), you give me a swedish tattoo. ago i knew the name for that rule, but it’s lost to the mists of time. literally translated into english, the quote would be "i am the king of sweden - was. absolutely accept that language changes constantly, that new words are introduced (i’m sure ‘blogging’ wasn’t in common usage before twenty or even ten years ago) and that definitions change (eg. “they” is sometimes also used, although strunk and white the elements of style says not to use it. someone will tell me that you should say, “i feel badly,” and all i can picture is that you’re simply bad at feeling, like you try to do it and just can’t get the hang of it.” likewise, we quickly realize that we should have said “baby sitter” when someone catches us saying “saby bitter.: when asked if he had any last words before being executed by hanging. upon further inquiry, we learned it was the one that francis scott key wrote about the “donzer lee light” so he could see the star spangled banner flying above fort mchenry. don’t give power to outside stimuli, i’m bamboo.“…so if you’re using it a lot, you’re probably using it wrong. infamous “miss you by my taco” (for “talk, oh” in cups) is one of my favorites… “take me into your lemon arms” is one i can’t unhear either.: try saying “i sneaked into the room” and see if you don’t get at least one people looking at you like you have a foot growing out of your head.” just goes to show that there’s artist liberty when pronouncing certain words. and the spirit of the ultimate warrior will run forever!" he then was carried to his bed by several people, as they were doing this "he was understood by laura delano to say, only semiconsciously, 'be careful. because i always take my vitamins, say my prayers, and drink my milk!“myself” is used reflexively when the speaker is both the subject and the object in the sentence, as in,“i hit myself with the hammer.@rf – i don’t think i’d ever say i was an seo because that means “i am a search engine optimization,” which is very strange.: first officer roger pettit to captain larry wheaton of air florida flight 90, january 13, 1982. it would be: “please may i have half a gallon of milk? was a soldier and early pioneer/settler in israel, he died defending the tel-hai settlment from an arab attack.: moments later, gaye was fatally shot by his father, marvin gaye, sr.. a relative of ours, when reporting that she was lactose intolerant, wrote that she was “lactose and tolerant”.: said to his officers when they expressed concern about him being in the trenches under the siege of fredriksten. always thought it was i’m never gonna find you naked! the older locals insist it is named after colin campbell. it may seem funny to you if you’re outside that group, but often it is offensive to those within the group.: french, a convicted murderer, was sentenced to the electric chair.’m actually sort of curious about this as i can’t recall hearing someone use lend in that way. valli had a song called, “my eyes adored ya,” but i misheard it as “my satorja.’m surprised no one came up with the old classic – first one i ever knew about. i always heard “pour some sugar on me” as “first down. vida la viva, i thought that ‘be my mirror my sword and shield’ was ‘be my mirror oh solemn shield’. these were his last words to his brother before he succumbed to the injury. the rule was vs were, what would be the case in the event it was used to describe an action of someone else, i. always thought it was a very endearing song about a man who wanted to love and elevate his woman.: on the day of his execution, a great storm devastated lima. irene pepperberg, when she put him in his cage for the night; he was found dead the next morning.” i had absolutely no clue what he was singing there. to ruin the song for you, but every time i hear that song, i hear “big ole hairy vagina” instead of “big old jet airliner”. i “mondegreened”:“i can see clearly now, the rain is gone. very last words were: "i want you to look after my wife… and little man. australian national anthem begins: “australians all, let us rejoice” but my school friends and i would stand each morning to earnestly belt out: “australians all are ostriches”. a kid i heard “auto-mist” and assumed it was a poetic way of saying car exhaust." he thought brutus would be on his side, but, discovering brutus has stabbed him, gave up all hope of salvation. us insisting that there was no logical reason for the phrase level crossing to crop up at that point in the song ( or any other song ever written since the dawn of time for that matter ) he was absolutely convinvced this was the lyric ! apparently, the person who typed up the lyrics had as hard of a time as me, since they said the lyrics were “all that i wanted and all that i needed was my life, precated uniqueness. when i first heard it i prejudicedly associated with selfconscious sex for some reason. missed the biggest one of all that americans tend to love – saying ‘i could care less’ when they mean to say ‘i couldn’t care less’. rule of thumb: substitute “come” for “bring” and “go” for “take” to determine which one to use. thank you for pointing out the subtlety of using articles. friend’s younger brother always thought that “winchester cathedral” was really “winchester the negro”. but if you did say it, you’d use “an” because you’re pronouncing the s as “ess,” whihc starts with a vowel sound.: spoken to her executioner, albert pierrepoint seconds before she was hanged.’ i was so disappointed to find that the line is actually ‘happens to like boys, but not me’. so you can understand, most likely, why people are still using it at the present, even though it is considered incorrect by many grammarians. secondly, i would say the masculine pronoun “he” has been the universal pronoun more often than not. daughter had to do a class assignment naming the presidents in her first grade class.’ve obviously hit a nerve to get so many comments, but you hit the nail so squarely on the head i had to add my two cents.’s not uncommon for mondegreens to be used by comedians, particularly in the context of music lyrics. used to sing a line leona lewis’s song i got you wrong i sang….: his doctor had asked him where he was going when he got up to wander around his hospital room. jefferson's great political rival, john adams — later a correspondent and friend — died the same day a few hours later. it’s a tricky language and to expect the whole blogging world to have a handle on it is outrageous. inside joke in my family comes from the “three year old me” standing up on the pews at church and singing loudly: “glory, glory had a eula!” she thought midler was singing “let the voice rats hear you” (instead of “let the boy scouts hear you”). that’s the strength of blogs–the opportunity to expand, question, and discuss. when i was a child my mom would have me and my brother recite the lord’s prayer. he gave up his seat and spoke his final words to his wife; he was later found floating in the ocean, dead. took me 20 years before i admitted to mine – you sexy thing. and there are also influences from through the looking glass. let me be the first to say you are nitpicking. of “smoke on the water, a fire in the sky” i’ve heard it mondegreened as “slow motion walter, the fire engine guy. ship high in transport, which refers to the time when fertilizer was shipped over seas in wooded ships which created such a stench that the crates used for the shipment of this substance were marked s.. in “total eclipse of the heart,” i thought he was singing, “turn around, four-eyes. apparently, 85% of the usage panel disapproved of that usage despite the fact that it has been common since 1935 (according to them)., when tom jones sang, guatanerumera, i thought he was saying, one ton tomato, i ate a one ton tomato. have nothing to do with production and everything to do with perception (though the misperceptions are sometimes reproduced later). our son was young enough to idolize spiderman, he would sing the spiderman song: “…catches fleas just like flies…” instead of “catches thieves just like flies”. the idea of a word to describe these gentle errors in language, mondegreen will cerainly become part of our vocabulary.” if you stress the second syllable, you naturally tend to drop the h, or at least put less emphasis on it. i’m sure some people disagreed with that usage for a while. a small book entitle, ” ‘scuse me while i kiss this guy” @ colleen, what song are those lyrics from? no matter how many times i listened to the first line of the second verse, i could only get “it’s a blind hard fazo” out of it. yesterday, i always thought it was crocodile joe instead of “cotton eye joe” by the rednex.-also there’s “flow (floor) so nice you ain’t gotta put a rug on her. if jesus jumped on the sofa, why couldn’t i? think i like her vesrion better and it certainly has become the sung version in our house! those of you old enough to remember herman’s hermits’ song ‘silhouettes’, there’s a line that says ‘let me in or else i’ll beat down your door’, which sounded like ‘let me in or else i’ll pee down your door’. have you considered why some people seem to prefer using ‘an’ before ‘historic’?, to this day, i still can’t hear the word sally in that song. gun in his pocket for fun / he got a razor in his shoe…” as saying, “…he got a raisin in his shoe…”. spoken to fellow poet robin blaser in a near-coma brought on by spicer's alcoholism.: freddie prinze, stand-up comedian and actor, who left a suicide note and made a series of phone calls to his friends and family. know” because the past tense “did” (like almost all past tense verbs) works for both singular and plural. yes, it was a feminist who wanted to replace “they” with “he” as the universal pronoun. used to sing the alphabet and when i got to the l m n o p part, i always thought and sang it as a small fish urine . thought the music band inxs was pronounced “inkses” rather than the correct “in-x-s”. of you may think you’re zinging me, but all i see is that there are 141 comments here and that makes me happy. years i thought clapton was singing, “i shot the sheriff, and i did it in sulky pants. i was 5-6 when the original mighty morphing power rangers came out; my my brother and i thought that theme song went like this “coco power rangers………. most everyone realizes their mistake and we have a good laugh. my usual response is “no – if you haven’t got a pen, you’ll find it difficult to lend one” and then we have a discussion about the difference between ‘lend’ and ‘borrow’. what fun it is to ride in a “one horse soap and sleigh”.” i heard, “are you sowing the seed of the king, dumb brother? i wish i could be like you, but i’m just human. will be a time when our silence will be more powerful than the voices you strangle today!” in the background there is a radio dj talking about, “lookin’ out over the golden gate bridge, and i’ve seen that bumper-to-bumper traffic. send a wire to my mother and tell her i died happy, won’t 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not only will you look uneducated, you’ll also look absolutely hilarious., your error 2 has nothing to do with subject/predicate agreement. i was maybe 3 years old, but i was very precocious and was reading when i was just 2 years old.” i grew up wondering how my father could stand listening to a song about a used feminine hygiene product. you don’t even tell them that to give a sense of the past you add ‘-ed’ to the end of the verb. my daughter and i still sing it the wrong way and laugh every time!: ludwig beck, german general, committing suicide after the failed attempt to kill hitler, 20 july 1944.” sort of like a married couple, like ozzie and harriet, or lucy and dezi.” before i heard the other (um… famous christian singer whose name escapes me) “my place in this world. post has added much dork-laden glee to my otherwise dull day. always thought that in celine dion’s song a new day has come, she said “let it fill my soulendrum, my tears”. former girlfriend once told me hysterically about hearing her middle son absent-mindedly singing the barry manilow tune “looks like we made it” in the car as she was driving him to football. i personally use it for long lists (so i’d side with the editors in your example since it’s a short list, fwiw).: published newspapers reporting his death have him asking the nurse to move him onto his side, and report last words as being "i think i'll be more comfortable. some speculation exists that he might have been repeating or paraphrasing lines from joseph addison's play cato: what pity is it that we can die but once to serve our country. i’m sure there’s a more accurate one somewhere. brother was at work and one of his coworkers said, “we have enough money, i think we can make it” my brother heard, “we have enough money, let’s get naked. confess, however, that i’m stumped by the “a historic” thing. the beatles and etton john’s cover of lucy in the sky with diamonds, i always thought the line was “the girl with colitis goes by” rather than “the girl with kaleidiscope eyes”. i could never quite figure out who malcolm was and why the hot chocolates believed in him so much. hate hate hate not using a final comma in a list, before “and.” she only realized her mistake when she noticed us falling over ourselves laughing. it’s not simply a hypothetical but an unlikely or improbable one. and in “come dancing” by the kinks, i thought the lyric was “my aunt matilda died”, instead of “part of my childhood died”. is a great blog post that explains it better than me:Great piece.’ve had arguments, proper stand up shouting arguments, about correct grammar. he’d say, “i’m not talkin’ ’bout movin’ in” and she would say, “no no! wondered if the song was a veiled suggestion that spending summer tanning at the beach was better than winter and building a snowman. a fight broke out and sitting bull wound up getting shot in the head. the judge who condemned them to death said that he did so to prevent the rosenbergs from ever being released from prison. now he knows it bothers me so much, he does it just to play up. if it’s not, use “practically,” “essentially,” or (ideally) “metaphorically” instead. it’s interesting, i’m not sure how we can both hear the same things but i don’t understand them.” (part of me still denies that it isn’t “nobody does it like sara lee. always thought the song “tell me why” by taylor swift said: ‘you might think i’m full of poop but i’m not! even after friends pointed out the correct lyrics, i still heard them as “chew the hot dog”. perhaps it’s time for another update, now that we’re in, you know… the 21st century…. i couldn’t contrive a way for this sentence to work, for any sense of the word! cita) pain during her pregnancy with him and two, he gave his “seat” to pain as in t-pain, since t-pain was the popular hip hop artist prior to lil wayne’s album release for about 8 1/2 months. (there’s a pun there waiting to come out, but i haven’t the energy at the moment. these are the one that stayed with me forever lol:- a woman who complained that her name was never mentioned in a love song was comforted by what she wanted to believe was it’s inclusion on ‘groovin”. i was a kid, on our island, bob marley’s songs played alot and i’d sing along to the top of my voice. of course, that’s nowhere near a real word, and in writing, i always write “a historic”. 1984, one of my rustic classmates was certain that billy idol wasn’t singing about “eyes without a face” but instead was pleading “how’s about a date? you obsess over every grammatical and structural point, you can come across as stiff.: all of the above were allegedly heard as gaddafi was dragged through the streets. you understand the idea that the person is trying to communicate, then the language has served it’s purpose. as i recall, it was a bit like that with the beatles when they first became popular.” (resources) “why is there so much news coverage of the presidential erection? she sang this one old hymn that had a line, “row me over the tide”. crying out while being shot by a mob inside carthage jail and then falling out of a window. i always heard chuck telling a big toe man to roll over. my ex husband used to laugh silly over was when i told him what one line in a song sounded like to me…. i’ve seen others that mention common mistakes, but this one tossed out a few new ones. 20 minutes after the game, he suffered a fatal heart attack.: he was conducting a televised speech in arabic to an audience at a newly-opened cultural centre in annaba, when his assassin struck. would be pulling my hair out if i didn’t see the funny side of things. others, i’m not too bothered by the use of “they” when it’s intended as a gender-neutral singular pronoun. his last words of "v-1" where the aviation terminology used when an aircraft is going too fast to cancel the take-off and must take-off.: the last words of ibn saud; quoted in ibn saud, by leslie mcloughlin. although these are not technically his last words, they are the last words the public heard him say. knew a singer–and non-native speaker of english–whose favorites songs included “blue spinach eyes. burke shot the pilots and himself, deliberately crashing the flight.: spoken to his wife when asked where he wanted to be buried.” which gives us all encouragement to feel less guilty, don’t you think? …also my 8 y/o niece loved macy grey’s song “i try” and would sing “i wore goggles when you’re not here” whilst making circles with her fingers i front of her eyes. band radio birdman is named after a misheard lyric by the stooges. started work on a comedy series for cbs television in the us this week and i will certainly keep the @stephenfry feed up to date with information and pictures about this…. when talking fast, that’s just how it comes out. siblings and i have been singing, “i’m blue if i were green i would die, if i were green i would die…” for years! does it mean that “she” is being used as a universal pronoun more often than “he” or just more often than previously.: “mares eat oats and does eat oats and little lambs eat ivy, kids will eat ivy too, wouldn’t you? this comment is thought to be sarcastic, expressing vespasian's disdain for apotheosis.: peter abelard, a medieval french scholastic philosopher, theologian and preeminent logician. i lived in the washington dc area it sounded to me that one of the regular announcements on the dc metro was ‘george clooney’., it should never be ‘the committee will consist of bob, mr parsons and i’ as ‘bob, mr parsons and i’ are the object of the verb.: spoken to tom clark, who asked if he wanted another cup of coffee.: linaker was calling his father from the labor youth party camp in norway on july 22, 2011 when he noticed a gunman shooting before he hung up. the rule was vs were, what would be the case in the event it was used to describe an action of someone else, i. saxon and roman elements overlaid with the norman french and chaucerian and church medieval english.“huh mosh a kuh” for “i’m all shook up. is…the nursery rhyme about my son john i was like 4 and grandma bounced me on one knee and sang diddle diddle dumpling “mice on john” (she sang it fast) he went to bed with his stockings on one shoe off one shoe on.’m sorry, but your example for the second mistake is actually grammatically correct. there’s only one description of the word drug that i’ve ever read, but i am using english dictionaries, not american or australian. the pledge of allegiance some children say ” … to the flag of the united states of america and to the republic for richard stands …” instead of “for which it stands. “ye” as in your example above and common faux old-sounding names like “ye olde pubbe” really just means “the” – not “you” or “your” as is often assumed. the longest time, i thought van halen’s song “panama” was about “marilyn monroe”.'d like you to give my love to my family and friends. anyone remember being told not to use a colon after a verb? about 15 years ago i started a campaign to get them to pronounce “hiroshima” correctly., though, how some terms become used by the medical community and lose their other meanings.#10: in “a historic” the a is usually pronounced ‘ey’, that keeps the ‘flow’ of the phrase. thus, only in a series (of reasons for something, one would assume) would “because” ever be preceded by a comma! that’s a bit like saying good food should be tasteless. consider “wysiwyg” (“what you see is what you get”) which most people say as if it were a word rather than w-y-s-i-w-y-g. give it another couple of decades, and it may be gone forever. it’s like saying that one should be able to enjoy good food without being constantly aware of every single process that went on in the kitchen to produce it.. they are hilarious… and i must admit, i am guilty of using some of these same mondegreens!” of course, i’m sure that was not intended like that. if your grandfather has alzheimers, and escapes from the house! and canadians also pronounce “lieutenant” as “lufftenant,” but spell it the same way americans do. (for more on this see: talk:horatio nelson) the latter clause mentions how hot and thirsty he was when dying. but, “i went fishing” and “i was fishing” imply different things. i know spoken communication and sung music are controlled by different parts of the brain. anna nalick’s song “consider this,” i always believed she was saying “i’m gay and i’m alright” and was actually rather let down when i read the lyrics one day and realized she had been saying “i’m okay and i’m alright” the whole time. not sure on the “they” thing… will check into it. i always thought it was “i’m blue, in aberdeen i will die. and if you already have it, then stop worrying about language and get on with it. instead of “nip it in the bud”…my kids (the grown ones! when it was over, i heard her friend say “what a dumb song. repeat this often enough, and they grow up convinced that “so-and-so and i” is always correct regardless of context. well i suppose it has come to this… such is life. first, “she” is not now, nor has ever been the universal pronoun. they whip out their sharpies and take away and add apostrophes from public signs, shake their heads at prepositions which end sentences and mutter at split infinitives and misspellings, but do they bubble and froth and slobber and cream with joy at language?” i usually pronounce words very clearly, and by the time i was 10, i had cleared up most of my mondegreens, except for the last one.@sarah turner (#81): i’m sure that most of the nits in the article and comments are now well and truly picked, but i was struck by your use of “two penneth”. i think you could make an hilarious blog collecting ‘literally’ faux pas. william smith (the witness whose testimony was critical to dwyer's conviction) said he lied under oath to get a lighter sentence. that always trips me up is the use of adverbs. it to be four sandwiches, you’d need another “and” as in, “our sandwich choices are tuna, ham, turkey and peanut butter and jelly. easiest way to prove (or figure out) that “myself” is wrong is to leave bob and mr. i’m surprised no one’s mentioned it before now. singing “this is my father’s world” in sunday school, of course i would sing “the music of the spears” instead of spheres. the subjunctive use of “were” is something my mother taught me, though without mention of the “subjunctive”.“” gee, our lives were sour as grapes “” (when it really was) ,“” gee our old lasalle ran great “”. but it just may be a lunatic you’re looking for. i couldn’t care less if he made a typo, whether in a comment box or article (though especially in a comment as it is more conversational). i live and work at home, so, if i were at work, i would also be was at work. heart and soul will be with the fate of the imperial nation. another mistake i hear and see quite often is the use of “i” at the end of a sentence when it should be “me”. “well, it’s one way to make her toes curl i guess. example is bring and take — these two little words have been corrupted by so many. working with children on english grammar, i’ve found that we hear the first person plural pronoun properly (“we” or “us”), but not first person singular (“i” or “me”). england, you only have to travel a few k’s/miles and you have english that is nowhere near the ‘queens english’ and it is one of the wonderful reasons for visiting that part of the world. tuned for my next controversial post, “what’s wrong with every race and religion. “would have” etc are merely the full, correct forms of the contractions “would’ve” etc., it should never be ‘the committee will consist of bob, mr parsons and i’ as ‘bob, mr parsons and i’ are the object of the verb.: in response to her sister cassandra who had asked her if she wanted something. than being young, are there any other similarities between the kids socially? “ambience” by falling up, i was positive the lyrics were:“cause this girl, you and i have come to know, is a lie, and we must move on… i can see past, those fine eyes that led me on and you see that i’m knowing this, ever since i kissed her lips”. if your guinea pig stumbles, others will too even if the grammar is officially correct., nigeria is infamous for their telephone and internet scams, posing as bank managers trying to find distant relatives of non-existent rich uncles to pretending to be friends or family members in serious trouble and needing money.@cecily, have you ever heard weird al yankevik’s (sp? thing is that those that are prone to be less concerned with these matters will cry “oh, language is a growing thing and what you think is “correct” now is actually something that was seen as radical and just totally wrong 40/50 years ago. he and one of the two children were decapitated while the other was crushed by the falling helicopter. somehow, users feel that the use of “an” in this clunky way makes them sound distinguished, kind of like adding ye olde in front of tanning parlor, or saying indubitably with an english accent. is this something you believe to have encountered, or something you read was true? should use “an” is the “h” is silent and if the accent is on the second syllable of a word that starts with an audible “h.” i always asked myself who would want to sleep in the arms of a one eyed lady? “pizmotality described words of such secrecy that they could only be spoken to the one you loved”, green explained.: hyrum smith upon being shot in the face, just before his brother joseph was as well.. there are as many people vehemently fighting on one side of an issue as there are on the other. require constant reminders although i excelled in grammar in my youth and even worked as a junior editor years ago. school teacher had the universal pronouns changed in school books from “they” to “he. god i have done my duty…drink drink, fan fan, rub rub. “lucy in the sky with diamonds”, by the beatles, the lyrics are “the girl with kaleidoscope eyes”, and i hear the medically inclined: “the girl with colitis goes by” – go listen to it!: his doctor had given him champagne after all other attempts to ease the symptoms of death from tuberculosis failed. one that got me, and to be honest, i still have no clue what this song says, is “the circle of life” from “the lion king., of course, the israelites by desmond deckker & the aces, which is one long string on mondegreens from end to end:Het up in the morning. you can wear what you like linguistically or sartorially when you’re at home or with friends, but most people accept the need to smarten up under some circumstances – it’s only considerate. clear enunciation in the early acts would seem to be unnecessary. “i decided to run away quickly,” is correct, but sounds…stilted. get the idea, we could go on and on in making these things up, and many have!” same song:” anastasia screamed in vain” was “anastasia fleed the bay. about manfred mann’s earth band “blinded by the light”? barbara streisand’s song “people” always sounded like “people who eat people are the hungriest people in the world.’t get me wrong, i’m all for continual improvement and your article is nothing short of enlightening to a dunce like me, but correcting the errors you have so skillfully pointed out will not bring in an additional dime of revenue on a sales letter and nor will they enhance the value of a blog post. all these excitement because didn’t realize mondegreen could be so much fun. and to our native english today we have added the language of american sitcom and drama, american movies and australian soap operas. can’t help but notice that it becomes easier to misconstrue the lyrics when the singer has an accent with which we are unfamiliar. don’t use awkward and improper grammar, or we will put you in the chimp category. a suitable alternative is to alternate the use of genders, but in cases where gender is unknown, “clearly, this person didn’t know what they were doing” is becoming more common, and more accepted, by copy and production editors., katie, look… it'll be fine, you know, i just need to get some sleep. b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z. i see that word combination, i always believe the writer is ignorant. i was a kid, i always thought “fire’s burning” went like this:“fires burning, fires burning,John earer, john earer…”. our school choir, we used to love slipping intentional mondegreens in to songs, just to see if anyone noticed. his little three-year-old voice, he would proudly belt out “cherry pie, cherry pie…”. it is evolving constantly and things that were not okay a long time ago, seem to be acceptable now. hate to leave a negative comment, but the use of “me”, as suggested in the point about incorrect uses of “myself”, is wrong.’ve had arguments, proper stand up shouting arguments, about correct grammar. he had been shot at a masquerade ball two weeks earlier. niece used to sing the vengboys – going to ibiza as, hey, we’re going to eat pizza. i was young i thought meatloaf was “like a bang on the head” instead of a bat out of hell…. that i remember fondly is from, of all things, “deck the halls. the standard used to be to assume any unknown person was a man (e.“number disagreements are irritating to solve because, if you have a bunch of them and are writing about a hypothetical or unknown person, your copy ends up being overrun with awkward ‘he or she’s. love that people responding (favourably) to articles about poor grammar/spelling feel the need to apologise for their own, known negligence. george abbot, lord archbishop of canterbury by arthur onslow (guildford, england, 1777). i was convinced the backwards ‘lyrics’ given were accurate, though they differed quite a bit from what i wrote down! lend/borrow issue isn’t a variation due to dialect. but if you did say it, you’d use “an” because you’re pronouncing the s as “ess,” whihc starts with a vowel sound.” should this be “wrongly”, or “incorrectly”, given that it’s describing a verb (i..i always tho’t the words were…”give me the people and save my soul, i wanna get lost in your rock and roll. really isn’t a correction punctuation for ‘dos and don’ts’, since neither of those are technically nouns; they cannot technically even take a plural! a young child i was famous for singing the words, ‘sing a spanner’ in school assemblies., hear, though – i agree with everything you said (‘an historic’ is one of my particular pet peeves)..uncertainty about “he/she/it/they” and the words that go with them.: william henry "zip the pinhead" johnson, spoken to his sister, sarah van duyne.” imagine my surprise when i learned it was actually “nobody doesn’t like sara lee. if you don’t like nouns becoming verbs, then for heaven’s sake avoid shakespeare who made a doing-word out of a thing-word every chance he got.'est ici le combat du jour et de la nuit. are afraid of “me,” but often it’s the right choice. do i say “i decided to quickly run away,” without split infinitives, while preserving the meaning of the sentence? in a blue-moon, the improper use of rule #4 roars with hilarity and leaves permanent imprint in one’s memory. with an accent that makes it come out, “an ‘istoric occasion” is fine by me (though not in writing, imo), but so many people who say it go out of their way to really pronounce that h. beatles’ song “here there and everywhere”:“i want her everywhere and if she’s beside me.: achterberg had just parked his car, when his wife asked: "shall i bake some fried potatoes? the only rule is that the rules will change over time… so to speak. of “australia all let us rejoice, for we are young and free”. believed from the age of 5 until i was 10 that when i was allowed to order my sunday dinner each week it’s because i did a great job.: george best, a northern irish professional footballer who played as a winger for manchester united and the northern ireland national team. have to admit that whenever i write or speak, i do focus much more on the content or the idea and less on the grammar.: smedley had an assisted death at a dignitas euthanasia clinic after suffering from motor neurone disease for much of his life.“myself” is used reflexively when the speaker is both the subject and the object in the sentence, as is,“i hit myself with the hammer. only to a dullard is language a means of communication and nothing more. barkley, former vice president of the united states, who suffered a fatal heart attack.: kenneth biros, first person executed by a one-drug lethal injection in ohio on december 8, 2009. sadly, desperately sadly, the only people who seem to bother with language in public today bother with it in quite the wrong way. peers have more influence on our speech than teachers or even parents. lecomte cites budapest daily szabad ifjusag may 4, 1954, on authority of mr. given gender sensitivities these days, it seems perfectly reasonable to stretch the ‘ye olde rules of grammar’ and use ‘they’ as an androgynous reference. don’t know why this misuse of the ‘… and i’ structure has become so common, particularly in the uk – and i have to say that i would never trust an english teacher to be a grammar expert…. years my sister would sing a line in kenny rogers wrong. it to be four sandwiches, you’d need another “and” as in, “our sandwich choices are tuna, ham, turkey and peanut butter and jelly.: these curtains are killing me, one of us has got to go.[to his friend johann hummel, who was at his bedside] is it not true, hummel, that i have some talent after all? i will not say ‘impacted’ when i mean ‘affected'” – among many other examples. misuse of “literally” bugs the heck out of me too.: “it’s more common today to use ‘she’ as the universal pronoun. for example, someone might think the sarcastic saying “thank you, captain obvious” is actually “thank you, katherine obvious. but that means that 10 percent of your readers stop mid-sentence to think: “oooh, look. sadaka’s “laughter in the rain” was popular when my son was very young. if my sister hadn’t corrected me those many years ago i would still not know it was a bad moon on the rise. couldnt help but laugh and wonder if that was even appropriate. are going to hurt me, please don't hurt me, just one more moment, i beg you!… and something we discussed on twitter recently:Who were michael jackson? other was the stones’ beast of burden’ coming off as ‘don’t want to be your pizza burning’… and i still don’t know what sarah maclachlan is singing in building a mystery when she says, ‘you stretch your ass to wear your suicide pose’. it works in moderation, but once you notice the overuse it’s painful to read. when he turned around, he was shot in the back of the head by robert ford, his former associate. his last words were dramatized in the 1991 musical assassins by stephen sondheim and john weidman. these are her last recorded words, by which she convinced the crew and her castmates to have a party at the aulanko hotel, where they were shooting; during the party, sari and one of the men in the group (she was engaged, but the man was not her fiancee) went up to the roof of the hotel. are all kinds of pedants around with more time to read and imitate lynne truss and john humphrys than to write poems, love-letters, novels and stories it seems. it’s the perfect word when you don’t know someone’s gender, even though it’s not grammatically correct yet. is it “do’s and don’ts” or “do’s and dont’s” or something else? but every now and again we should surely celebrate the fact that caviar is so fine, that the grape offers itself up so uniquely, that milk products of three or four species have such versatile by-products for us, that the grain of some grasses can be transformed into bread, that the berry, pod or leaf of this plant or that plant can give us chocolate, coffee or tea, and that while the fuzz of this plant can’t go to make a shirt, the fuzz of that unique one canand the thread of this insect can go to make a tie, while the equally impressive thread, in nature, of that other insect can’t be spun into the simplest handkerchief. friend sang it: “ohhhhh, love is just another way to die…”.@phil – i set a trap for anyone who disagreed with me. tohugh, when i was a child that van halen’s panama was saying “cannon ball” during the chorus. made perfect sense to me…that fire must have felt quite hot. being american i had never heard of vegemite; it wasn’t until i moved to australia ( where i still live ) that i finally realized what was being said…i still like to sing my original version. have to make a concerted effort to avoid smacking people who use “literally” inappropriately., on balance, i think using “they” as a gender neutral third person singular has much to recommend it.’m standing behind my “i” at this stage… though i’m hearing what everyone is saying. she would sing “i am a material girl” i thought she was singing “i am a cheerio girl” (i soon became a huge madonna fan & loved cheerios because of that)!” i have had a frined who loves the band as much as i do have to call me up and say “wait what are the real words again? nephew, bill, thought the words of a song were “let’s lock the door and throw away the kitty now and was very upset! they don’t understand that “he” can mean “he” or “she. the thing is, you notice the stupidity, but not what they are advertising.: said during a brawl with an acquaintance over a dispute on money. one has to die to know exactly what happens after death, although catholics have their hopes. favorite mondegreen was from a roommate fresh out of college, who was singing along to a duffy lyric which should have been, “you’ve got me begging you for mercy”: you’ve got me begging you for birdseed. is one that people make because they think that complicating the language needlessly will make them sound smart. chances of my ever successfully constructing a bookcase are minimal. not only is putting “an” in front of a word with an audible h grammatically incorrect, it’s also uncommonly annoying. been born and bred in florida, i assumed that we were including all of our hispanic immigrants in the national anthem: “jose can you see…” i also believed that the middle of the alphabet song was about fish: “abcdefg, hijk eleminnow p”! my brother gave me a mix cd, and what i thought was a song about a robot (“one ton of metal. [to his executioner] don't forget to show my head to the people; it's well worth seeing. too many people are language snobs who dredge up the same few rules (too many of which are based on an extremely shaky understanding of the language) to look down their noses at others. tell graduate students now that that last comma is a matter of taste, but i still use it. spoken last words are usually considered to be: this is a beautiful country. in a sense i am typecast linguistically and although i can for fun try on all kinds of brogues and dialect clothes, my voice, my style, my language is as distinctive as my fingerprints. within a week, arondeus and the other members of the group were arrested. has been said that education is expensive, but not as expensive as ignorance.” the irish use “yourself” differently: “it’ll just be him, me and yourself in attendance. best tip i ever received from an editor: if you do not have access to an editor have anyone read your piece before publishing. have to admit that whenever i write or speak, i do focus much more on the content or the idea and less on the grammar. misuse of hopefully & “i feel nauseous” <–hmm, i stand corrected, merriam-webster says “i feel nauseous” is acceptable. yes, i was a smoker until about 20 years ago, and i was weak and i smoked over 9/11. [soap_box_mode=on], in my humble opinion, one must always write in a way that clearly conveys what you want to say. i was very young, i thought it went like this:“mares eat oats and do-si-dos and little lambsy dive-y. i didin’t realise what they really called it until just now! just learned correct lyrics to “take it easy” this year after nearly forty years; it was issued in 1972.’s nothing wrong at all with using “an” in front of a word like historic. and i are on the same page with “a bathroom on the right”. your fantastic comments are really/literally making me rethink my ideas in a positive way. a child that recited the “one nation indivisible” portion of the pledge of allegiance as “one naked individual, with liver tea, injustice for all.” if they use the latter, it is a gimmick and they do not use it consistently.. it’s actually about a driver waiting at a level crossing in china: “i can see clearly now, the train has gone. they’re no more guardians of language than the kennel club is the guardian of dogkind. my favourites are: the girl auditioning for bulgarian pop idol, giving it all she’s got with mariah carey’s “without you” (can’t live, if living is without you)” as “ken lee, tuliboo dibou douchoo”. can’t help hearing “we’re all for mexican” even if i know the true words.: charles i, king of england, on the executioner's block, 30 january 1649. anyone remember being told not to use a colon after a verb?” to think that mondegreens could also jump from one language to another is just amazing. but they’re few and far between, and their number mostly comprises right-wing ideologues who encourage morons to commit hate crimes.” whatever the truth or cogency of jayne’s central argument, it remains an elegantly written and provocative read and helps raise the issue of whether language is necessary for the subconscious mind, let alone the conscious, to exist. my brother-in-law thought she lived on the kitchen floor, instead of the second floor. it sounds weird to me, but so do a lot of these the first time i hear them. course you don’t say “an horse” or “an house” because it sounds wrong.” it took a while before we realized that they, being accustomed to hearing from their mother, grandfather, and uncle, all life insurance agents, talk about life insurance, thought the song was about their mother’s stock-in-trade., good to see there are at least 152 others on this blog who also suffer a language pedantry affliction.@marc a good rule of thumb is to use “me” when it’s in a prepositional phrase. i know that in the 1960’s we were taught “an historic” is proper. others, i’m not too bothered by the use of “they” when it’s intended as a gender-neutral singular pronoun. husband thought a line in a nickleback song (“how you remind me” or something like that) was “let’s rewrite an ending named vince”… it’s actually an ending that fits.” i kind of like the mondegreen version just as well., i must admit i am a little nervous to leave a comment that will be full of bad grammar and punctuation. problem is “this person” (singular) being used together with the pronoun “they” (plural). don’t have time to read this massive line of comments, so please forgive me if i’m repeating anyone. at one point, the lyric is: “i must debate it, because when i walked out they were all gone. i was literally (ha) going to start telling all that would listen about your brilliance, your beauty (surely all grammar snobs are beautiful), your… hmmm, what is the word? i appreciate that you cover a few common errors to brush up on, rather than a long list that is likely to blur together.: his final words are subject to historical debate, and vary with many biographies.; the formula traditionally used to end a performance of commedia dell'arte. adopting words from other languages, until all languages become one. john maintains that it is “cranberry sauce”…coincidence that paul seems to have had done something that either embarrassed john pubicly, or something that apparently (if this is what actually happened) caused john to seek vindication…so, something there happened to paul, and john supposedly applied icing to the cake by the boastful, “i buried paul”.” and i knew it was wrong, and always forgot to look up the correct lyrics! whilst in confession mode, i also split my infinitives (if i think it makes a sentence read better) and i regularly abuse dashes and points of elipsis. wrote the lyric as “kiss the sky”, but when people misheard it, he reacted and tried to work the misunderstanding into the set. copyblogger covered some situations a while back where you can (and should) bend the rules, because the confusion it would otherwise cause is greater. but if you were writing about an actual past event, you’d use “was” (e. for example, if you listen to the uk bands elbow or oasis, you will find that their singers’ mancusian accents almost force you to the lyric sheet to avoid mondegreens. using “she” doesn’t do any justice to women nor does it make any sense. or are they getting it wrong and therefore should be corrected? of the importance for correct placement of “only” within a sentence: take the word “only” and cycle it in front of each word of the following sentence. they has taken on a role as gender-neutral singular and there’s no going back.: found in a blood-spattered diary on the body of a union soldier on june 3rd, 1864.: so test all of your boys and hollywood girls will you dance on your feet and hold on with your claws. you do not say to an english child: “the aorist of ‘to see’ is ‘saw’ the perfect is ‘have seen’”.’s a typical incorrect use:“the committee will consist of bob, mr. for the longest time all i sang was “i felt his love, from above, send salami like a dove.” i laughed so hard when someone told me what it actually was!, were i given the task of selecting a committee i might say “i’ve selected a committee that includes john, irene and myself. according to his assassin godse, gandhi just made a "uh …" kind of sound and slid down and the above words were inserted by the congress. one version that pinker describes goes like this: eugene o’neill won a pullet surprise. course, it’s important to use english as well as one can, if only because there’s a risk that highly educated (or hopelessly pedantic, depending on one’s point of view) readers will either dismiss one’s message, or will lose concentration because they’re stopping three times in every sentence to gloat over errors. hours before he was stricken, he had climbed the 328 steep steps of milan's gothic cathedral, the duomo.” i thought it was the weirdest song ever and had no idea why my mom and sisters liked it, or let me hear it for that matter. it would be hard to dress it down into something raggedly demotic without it being a patronising pastiche of a street argot to which i quite evidently have no access and in whose mazy slang avenues i would soon get lost, innit? problem with these sorts of rules is that almost none of us is capable of writing perfectly all the time. actually, it hasn’t fallen completely out of usage, even today.: according to conrad black in his biography franklin delano roosevelt: champion of freedom, page 1110, fdr was sitting for a portrait when he put his left hand to the back of his head and said: "i have a terrific pain in the back of my head. or “you know the preacher locked the door” (he knows i’m gonna stay)? that’s a feature, not a bug, and i think the language is simply changing here, and for the better., of course, add them back in:“the committee will consist of bob, mr. the way, i agree with you about teaching proper spelling – at least as much as it can be taught. i still remember the image it gave me, of scantily-clad natives with spears, standing around in a jungle. spanish instead of “london bridge is falling down” we sing “el puente de londres se cayó (london bridge has fallen)” but when i was 6 years old i sang it: “el puente del hombre se cayó (man’s bridge has fallen)”. get the idea, we could go on and on in making these things up, and many have! in addition to the geographical variation that we call dialects, there are also sociolects, language varieties among certain social groups (which can be defined not just by social class, but also gender, age, ethnicity, even attitudes, etc. so it is, argue the chomskians, with language: each baby (given normal development) has an innate language faculty, a language instinct pinker calls it: local differences between chinese and english are not, according to this theory, so very profound., johnny cash sang, “i’ve been stuck in folsom prison,” not, “i’ve been stuffin’ folks in prison. imagine my surprise when i purchased an lp and it started playing my song! was disappointed when i first read the lyrics sheet to the who’s _quadrophenia_ and discovered that the line in “5:15″ isn’t “sadly ecstatic that their heroes are used” but rather “sadly ecstatic that their heroes are news. bear in mind that phrase willy-nilly, by the way – i shall return to it later.: when einstein died on april 18, 1955 he left a piece of writing ending in an unfinished sentence.: in a guest appearance on wwe raw, a wheelchair-bound blassie, after being threatened, summoned wrestler d-von dudley to set up a table for a match against 3 minute warning.: last speech given before he committed suicide before the military forces entered the la moneda palace when the 1973 coup d'etat took place. forgot to mention one of the biggest abuses: using “it’s” when meaning “its. wife chastised me for teaching our daughter the following nursery rhyme:Round and round the mulberry bush, the hunter chased the weasel. in the nicene creed, i always used to say “one holy and athostolic church” instead of “apostolic church”…i only found that out like a year ago…pretty depressing for a lifelong catholic. i’ve been a professional copywriter for the last 6 years, and if i had to say ‘he or she’ instead of the singular ‘they’ job would be literally impossible.: these were his last recorded words before the space shuttle challenger disintegrated, killing him and six other astronauts. there no right language or wrong language any more than are right or wrong clothes. about ‘they’ — it’s increasingly used as a gender-neutral pronoun, singular/plural issues notwithstanding. with a corncob pipe and a button nose and two eyes made out of coal. one song was names “dusky hands” and part of the lyrics were:Dusky hands are reaching for the bread of life., “hopefully” has been used in that “wrong” sense since the early 1700s and to call its use “rampant” is almost an understatement! us cross over the river, and rest under the shade of the trees. in this instance of parole i am using not only english, but my own brand of english, an english english salted, spiced, pickled, seasoned, braised and plated up to you bearing all the flavours of my class, gender, education and nature, discourses as you might call them.: these words are directed at herennius, his assassin by order of marc antony, triumvir and co-ruler of rome. info, but i have to take issue with the subjunctive point. hoobenism is when you can say something that is grammatically correct but impossible to write grammatically correct. son’s version when he was young was “one house opens three”. i thought the interviewer, who had just confirmed my name, was now asked me for my email address “what is your email? years when i was a kid i thought it was holland oats, like a guys name not hall and oats., i thought this was a comment box, not a canvas. i loved your idea of collecting literally references that aren’t literal, so i set up a twitter profile to post these when i see them on there. would just like authors who quote other people’s observations to acknowledge them as such, if this is the case, it’s what academics are honour-bound to do in their professional work, anyway, so they should credit any source, whatever its origin. in the beginning of one of their videos the lead singer says “m black” in a real breathy way and it sounds like “i’m black”. patton, after being admitted to the hospital after a car accident while out hunting. i knew that “an historic” didn’t sound nearly as bad as “an horse” but couldn’t put my finger on why. shoot, coward, you are only going to kill a man. mondegreen is a word or phrase resulting from a misinterpretation of another word or phrase that we hear. i thought l, m, n, and o were one letter called “elemeno”.“i sometimes see your pants (you pass) outside my door…hello…is it me your looking for? although these are technically not his last words, they are the last words the public heard him say.: hélio gracie, co-founder of gracie jiu-jitsu, or modern-day brazilian jiu-jitsu. please pardon my levity, i don't see how to take death seriously. thing is for sure, good grammar or not, to stir up some traffic all you have to do is piss off a couple people and you’re golden. younger students in the united states are known to confuse lines of the pledge of allegiance, leading to mondegreens such as “i led the pigeons to the flag” (“i pledge allegiance to the flag), “to the republic for witches’ dance” (instead of “for which it stands”), “invisible” (for “indivisible”), and “liver tea and just us four, all” (rather than “liberty and justice for all”). this article refers only to last words of persons who actually lived or are believed to have actually lived., good to see there are at least 152 others on this blog who also suffer a language pedantry affliction. sometimes it makes me want to scream at the person talking. my younger sister gave us several when she was a kid. To do a narrative essay
was another one i realized just recently, but i can’t remember what song it was in…. and i’m fairly sure that usage predates the medical one.: charles darwin, an english naturalist and geologist, best known for his contributions to evolutionary theory. us not into penn station, but deliver us from evil. he shouted these words to members of the press who were to witness his execution. i was little and recited this prayer at night, i thought three people named: shirley, goodness, and mercy would always be walking behind me my whole life following me everywhere i went! words, it seems belong to other people, anyone who expresses themselves with originality, delight and verbal freshness is more likely to be mocked, distrusted or disliked than welcomed. and make sure it’s original content, not something recycled off of …. on their next tour, as part of the stage decorations, there was a huge wooden guitar. i find myself tripping over some simple stuff recently, and have acquiesced on using “they” as a singular pronoun for an unknown person even though i bristle at it.: this came as a surprise to the friends that heard this, as he was considered not to have lived an easy life. he reportedly had a favorite saying: "i am only a man who can be killed and replaced, but god does not die.. van pelt, to get burr to state that there was a god. my partners english is not good, but my maths are lousy and he is a whiz on that score. would you like another example: ain’t used to be an acceptable contraction. anyway, i called out to the radio, “you need to take them off first, mate”, to which one of my friends responded.) our step-mom always says that she would have left 396 kids ago.: brothers, save yourself those of you who want and who can! this is but a snapshot of a language in motion, and with english spoken all over the world, cannot be accurate in every context. tim suffered a heart attack while playing "tiptoe through the tulips" at a gala benefit. i don’t mean to sound posh, but my best alternative there would be “myself”, as it originally was. vita immerenti eripitur; neque enim extat ullum meum factum paenitendum expecto dumtaxat uno. young – “everytime you go away, you take a piece of meat with you”.” plus, in the day camp he attended, the little kids his age played in the “tot-house” which he referred to as the ‘hot house. these are my last words, and i am certain that my sacrifice will not be in vain, i am certain that, at the very least, it will be a moral lesson that will punish felony, cowardice, and treason. the subjunctive use of “were” is something my mother taught me, though without mention of the “subjunctive”. our advice to clients (and students) is as follows: if you are referring to people in general, not to a specific person, make the subject plural. this is actually a restatement or twisting of the question the officer did likely ask: "do you know who you are" which would have been an attempt to determine lennon's level of consciousness. she admitted that i can no longer hear that song without laughing.’ve also noticed that the more intelligent a person believes himself to be, the more preposterous his use of words becomes., when my daughter was preschool age and learned the abc sing, she sang it…. i was little, we always used to sing “my country ’tis of thee” after the star spangled banner at this homeschool bible study i went to. story of life is quicker than the blink of an eye, the story of love is hello and goodbye, until we meet again. course, none of this works for a readership that comprises professional writers, because everyone in that group will scrutinize every word. when his captors came to execute him he rose from his knees, refused to kneel back down, and said these words. you sure you want to agree with the language geeks at the nytimes who posted this recent on language column? a long time i thought the gin blossoms song “hey jealousy” said “hey chelsea.@sean – one of my favorites, but cb has already done that one. would hate for a wonderful mondegreen to get out there in the universe incorrectly, so i feel compelled to correct someone’s comment above about mairzy doats, &c…the words to that cute little song are “mares eat oats, and ‘does’ eat oats, and little lambs eat ivy.” the irish use “yourself” differently: “it’ll just be him, me and yourself in attendance.: his response when he was offered a cup of milk.: i swear that there is no god but god and muhammad [is his prophet]…) which is the shahadah, the muslim affirmation of faith. his older sister sang “red, red, white” for ub40′s “red, red, wine.” i always thought it was just a children’s nonsense song. i die as a man of honour ought, in discharge of my duty. pray you to bear me witness that i meet my fate like a brave man. “one” can be used, although it can be very cumbersome. spoke these words as a nurse took his drawing board from his hospital bed and encouraged him to get some sleep. lord’s prayer:“our father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. if you use perfect english and your writing is repetitive, boring or borders on plagiarism, then correct verb-subject agreement means little to me. my anus a twirly whirly (actual: came by in his curly-whirly). / all you wanna do is a ride around, salad (ride salad ride) ”.’s tricky because it’s not an either/or case. than make some innocent bright eyed kid” which i took as careless conception. rather than a mondegreen, which is the misinterpretation of a lyric or phrase, i would suggest these are simply deliberate puns or plays on words. the ones the songs i mauled are in my language i’m afraid. if one believed in conspiracy theories, you could almost call it genius that there is no more powerful word for the complex and frightening system of electronic surveillance that we lump into that weedy bundle of initials. it most certainly is the ap that marks out the final comma of a list, but only in certain situations. wife has always misheard cirque du soleil as circus ole, until she saw it in print.“stepped on a pop-tart” instead of jimmy buffet’s “stepped on a pop-top”. i have had tears running down my face laughing so hard at some of these.” should this be “wrongly”, or “incorrectly”, given that it’s describing a verb (i. my mom stopped the car and said “what did you just say?: willem arondeus, dutch artist and writer, member of the anti-nazi resistance. then one day, many years later when he was in his preteens he was in the back of the family car while my grandfather drove, there in the airfield next to them was park a single-prop piper j-3 cub and suddenly it became clear: not a “paper cup” a “piper cub”!: louis xviii suffered from a severe case of gout, which worsened over the years. a blessing rest upon you, my sons, and upon your seed this day, for ye have given me rest, and my heart is not pained concerning the birthright, lest thou shouldest work wickedness on account of it. thank god for allowing my sister and nephew to be here and brother morgan for his support. always thought kim mitchell’s song was about an irish woman named patty o’lanterns. just read through any rulebook published by white wolf games. she also thought the song went,”last one off the bus” instead of another one bites the dust. i thought that the eagles ‘heartache toinght” was a haunting tonight, in my defense the song was released the week before halloween. though the lyric was ‘we don’t have to associate it with whaling’.’s nothing wrong at all with using “an” in front of a word like historic. here’s one that i have only heard americans use : “i drug the boat up the beach. true story: as a child during the kennedy administration, i frequently heard that the president had gone to his vacation home in hyannis port on the radio or television. richard dawkins said that it “… is one of those books that is either complete rubbish or a work of consummate genius, nothing in between. and “i’m just a man in the middle of a complicated plan” from man in the middle by the bee gees apparently sounded like “i’m just a man in the middle of a conflict with a plant” to one of my friends. man (elton john):“burning out his fuse out here alone” sounded like “burning out the duodecagon”. if you were to leave out “my sister and” it would be “that belongs to me”, therefore the correct word is “me”. i pledged allegiance to the flag and to the republic for which it stands in kindergarten, i pledged to the flag and to the republic of richard stanz.’s a line in a song by pulp, ‘raised on a diet of broken biscuits’, which i always thought was ‘raisins doubt their place in biscuits’.@april – i actually mentioned nauseous/nauseated on my blog and everyone jumped all over me saying that nauseous is correct.: joe hill, in a letter to bill haywood, leader of the industrial workers of the world, before he was led to his execution by firing squad. good-bye to pat, say good-bye to jack and say good-bye to yourself, because you're a nice guy. much humor (perhaps all) has to do with one person or group being “put down” or otherwise having their social status taken down a notch.: davis was executed for the murder of officer mark allen macphail by lethal injection in georgia on september 21, 2011, despite serious doubts about his guilt that lingered on prior to his death. i can only remember this on nickelodeon, but it’s possible that other channels used it, too. a parent doesn’t teach language, much as they may think they do, they just occasionally spoon-feed a bit of vocabulary: moo-cow, baa-lamb, colours and so on, usually – you’ll never hear a parent say “and these are called ‘stairs’ or ‘to wash’ means ‘to clean with water’” – the child absorbs that kind of vocabulary without teaching. i’m not against teaching grammar as there is a way of talking and writing that is perceived as more prestigious in academic and political circles. the way, one of my weaknesses is using commas everywhere and way too much…maybe you can do an article on punctuation next time! that’s our national language (tongue in cheek) strine is short for australian.: mantua bore me, calabria snatched me away, now naples holds me; i sang of pastures, fields, and kings.: john the blind of luxembourg at the battle of crécy. had no idea why they sang a song about sugary foods and multiple parents after the pledge of allegiance every day, not that i cared, i loved singing regardless of they lyrics… then i learned the real words and what they meant… 0. confess, however, that i’m stumped by the “a historic” thing. always thought it was mamma don’t take my coat and comb from me…. i’d sing “i don’t wanna wedding ring for your love”. he doesn’t know that it should be ‘me’ rather than ‘myself’ there. husband still has to ask me what stevie nicks is saying in “edge of seventeen”-he always thought it was ‘just like the one-winged dove’ instead of ‘white-winged dove’. for few days i kept pondering why they had to lable prime minister’s toilet on a big hoarding board until i re-read and correctly-read the signboard. astor and his wife were traveling on the titanic when it struck an iceberg and began to sink. or are they getting it wrong and therefore should be corrected? was a discussion about misheard lyrics on the radio a while back. i will continue to do the broadcast, on good days; my voice will not always be like this! at the very least, they should know the more standard meaning of the word lend. michael jackson’s “man in the mirror” – “no mustache could be any glibber”, instead of “no message could be any clearer”. it’s a widespread problem that must be eradicated, by force, if necessary!” it is a noun, the object of the past sentence. thought “can’t read my, can’t read my…” from lady gaga’s poker face was “carry my, carry my”. but you better be smiling if you’re going to mention it ;0). one of my younger siblings couldn’t hear the line “that might gitchi manitou, sent angel choirs in stead” and sang instead, “that itchy itchy manitou.)”, not, “can i believe the magic of your sighs”, but “can i believe the magic of your size” ! and make sure it’s original content, not something recycled off of …., i was reading the blogs of several noted professional copyeditors earlier this week, and two items struck me:First, “an historical” is perfectly okay, since there are many areas of the country (the us) where the “h” is silent, just as it is in “honorable. anthems are always a source of entertainment when “we loyal sons and daughters all” become “we loyal sunshine daughters all”. knut hamsun slept the last two days of his life, with his wife by his side. pharrell williams and nile rodgers nearer to the end it sounds like “threw up on mexicans”. grew up listening to capital radio and one of their programmes had a section on mondegreens sent in by listeners. there’s lots of them but the one i most often use for an example is: (now don’t forget this is grammatically incorrect). [he then lapsed into unconsciousness; he awakened later, and mumbled,] thomas jefferson…. think, actually, maxell tapes made and advert based on that. meaning the singer isn’t actively choosing a safer, healthier lifestyle, but it’s simply because she doesn’t like him. rudorph the red-nosed reindeer, ‘olive the other reindeer’ instead of ‘all of the other reindeer and my wife used to think that ‘good-bye ruby tuesday’ was ‘good-bye groovy music’.’s pretty good, but it was originally a key plot point used by beverly cleary in “ramona the pest”. truth is, i hate the man or woman who makes these mistakes, too. about “she’s got a chicken to ride” instead of “she’s got a ticket to ride” from ticket to ride by the beatles. had a similar mondegreen experience enjoying the song ‘cristalena’ by punk band mxpx. of course, the words have to be pronounced correctly, something most americans seem incapable of. i want to be in hell in time for dinner. i seriously thought they’d just put a bit of german in there…. than make a meal of some bright eyed kid” came through to me as “. i was corrected as a teenager, i always thought it said, “giddyup, giddyup, giddyup, let’s scram…” i think it was because the preceding line said, “giddyup, let’s go. never could figure out what hot dogs had to do with the song. collins “she seems to have an invisible touch yea, – she reaches in and grabs like polio” lol.’m not ashamed of my failings in carpentry and sport, and, in the unlikely event that i ever attempt either, i wouldn’t appreciate a professional telling me how unutterably bad i am. i’m not sure if this is acceptable in us english, but on my side of the pond it would be written as “two pennyworth” or “two penn’orth” (both pronounced as “two penneth”). i hope everyone who has been reading this thread realise that only about 10% of people notice what they think is poor grammar, and even of those, and only about 10% of *those* people actually think that it defines you, online. my older brother’s glory days, he used to sing like a badass the lyric from the song play that funky music by wild cherry that says, “play that funky music white boy,” as “play that f#$%ing music white boy. his car hit an open patch in the wall, ripped the fuel tank, and was subsequently engulfed in fire. i call people on this when i hear it because the visuals of the “literal” statement are typically funny i can get away with it without offending.: try saying “i sneaked into the room” and see if you don’t get at least one people looking at you like you have a foot growing out of your head.… and the second line:“nora’s freezing on the trolley,Swaller dollar cauliflower alley ‘garoo. as self proclaimed ‘work in progress’, these are great points, yet there is a balance to strike between getting it right and getting it published, wouldn’t you agree?: william barclay "bat" masterson, former wild west gunfighter; he was asked by a fellow reporter of the new york morning telegraph about his health after he had been ill with a cold. she was the first woman executed by the united states federal government. and white were able to make their grammar arguments without insulting people’s socio-economic status (and assumed education).#10: in “a historic” the a is usually pronounced ‘ey’, that keeps the ‘flow’ of the phrase. sometimes a gender is evident and then the appropriate pronoun is used. he would say he wanted some chewing gum; only i would hear it as “chwingum”, and for years, i thought that’s what it was called!” if the stress is on the second syllable, you use “an,” as in “an historic. his definite last words according to suetonius were instead, ista, quidem vis est!” corporate people in my business writing classes love the word. using the man as the universal gender produces shorter sentences and maintains historical continuity. good ones, but the misuse of “literally” makes me (not-literally) want to pull out my hair. i get so annoyed with people that my blood pressure rises! should compile and publish a small tome of mondegreens, if it hasn’t been done already., though, how some terms become used by the medical community and lose their other meanings. i thought the archie’s sang, “sugar, oh honey, honey, you are my camping girl and i can’t stop wanting you. so please stop making yourself look like the rear end of the high horse you’re riding and be quiet. can we translate from one tongue into another without irreparable loss?: this was spoken after being hit on the head with a poisoned sword, while leading the morning prayer, by ibn maljam, a fundamentalist.’d like to be a purist and agree with you on “he/she” vs. the idea it was about 2 people getting wasted together never occurred to us.#4 is easy to remember with the song “if i were a richman…” i didn’t know that she is the universal pronoun now, thanks for the info, johnny. thing is that those that are prone to be less concerned with these matters will cry “oh, language is a growing thing and what you think is “correct” now is actually something that was seen as radical and just totally wrong 40/50 years ago. where i’m from, a lot of people don’t pronounce the h in “historic” very prominently. i will now spend all my holidays with my lord and savior, jesus christ., and bonus points to anyone who realized that my last post was about how i’m addicted high numbers of comments, that in the comments of that post brian mentioned that grammar posts always draw zillions of comments, and that i hence wrote my next post about grammar. character was removed from the alphabet but is still used every day?(wrong to the point of being ridiculous, but it was great fun. out my twitter:@meg – you’re coming off like a pedantic clod. side note on “literally”- i’ve been tracking uses of it on twitter since this post went up, and besides all of the misuses of it, i’m also surprised at how often people use it to make the mundane seem slightly more interesting.: emperor julian, having attempted to reverse the official endorsement of christianity by the roman empire. me of the ac/dc song “it’s a long way to the top if you wanna rock n’ roll” which we used to sing as “it’s a long way to the shop if you want a sausage roll”.” (mares eat oats and doe’s eat oats and little lambs eat ivy, a kidd will eat ivy too…wouldn’t you?: “do the funky lady,” instead of “dude looks like a lady. death as in life, i defy the jews who caused this last war, and i defy the power of darkness which they represent.: barbara olson olson spoke her last words to her husband into her cell phone from inside a locked airplane lavatory. gales, squalls, lee rail under water, wet bunks, hard tack, bully beef, wish you were here — instead of me! whenever we sang “my country ’tis of thee” (greek right there), the part where the words go “of thee i sing,” to me was “of the icing” and i always thought we were singing about a cake. johnny cash and june carter’s “jackson” i thought the lyrics were “we got married in a beater” for the longest time. nothing else has worked and it’s probably because he doesn’t care, but your explanation is perfect. each of us has our (many good writers today avoid the his/her sexism issue by using a predicate plural with a singular subject) own pet hates, but too many of us use them as a highly dubious reason to be snobbish about other people’s writing. other strange thing … most of the things that make me seethe when the language gets mangled like this are things that i can work out in much the same way that as they are in the examples given here. i just don’t understand the appeal (but i hear i’m not the only one who finds her accent and broken english difficult to comprehend).[nellie connally: you certainly can't say dallas doesn't love you, mr. side note on “literally”- i’ve been tracking uses of it on twitter since this post went up, and besides all of the misuses of it, i’m also surprised at how often people use it to make the mundane seem slightly more interesting. worst of this sorry bunch of semi-educated losers are those who seem to glory in being irritated by nouns becoming verbs. again, it is not necessary that the students always spell correctly. you know that it’s “us,” you can use “me” with confidence. nothing personal, especially seeing as it really does sound like that if you listen to the end of the song.. mixing up other words that sound similar, such as “then” and “than”. i was a kid i thought that bee gee’s “more than a woman” was bald headed woman,bald headed woman to me. they were learning about the protestant reformation in history–but when they read it out loud, they invariably said “the prostitute reformation”–as the word prostitute was in the bible, and they had never heard the word protestant. those who think structuralism spelt or spelled death to conscious art and such bourgeois comforts as style, accomplishment and enjoyment might be surprised that the pleasure of the text, the jouissance, the juicy joy of language, was important to roland and his followers.“all i suggest is a man hears what he wants to hear and disregards the rest …. please bury me with my leather jacket, jeans and motorcycle boots. so while i’ve learned to cautiously hold my tongue during conversations in social settings, as a freelance copyeditor/proofreader and a woman on a mission, i love to “red-pencil” written work. to forsake this truth is to pay too high a price even for the priceless gift of life.@meg – i have found your attitude fascinating and i’d like to pose you a question. but there’s a difference between wanton breaking of the rules just for the hell of it and making dumb mistakes. your fantastic comments are really/literally making me rethink my ideas in a positive way.: francisco maldonado, a jewish surgeon and writer killed during the peruvian inquisition. nobody would say “i feel happily for you” which i think is the giveaway. i heard something about how children in a different country couldn’t pronounce saint nicholas correctly in their language…? btw, i remember being taught in grammar school that putting oneself last in a list of people was considered polite. you can’t, but you have to try, or if not try you have, surely, to be aware of the astonishing fact of them.. story, while i doubt the truthfulness of this, i believe the story says that it was fornication under consent of the king, and not “fortification”. one of the most famous from the 60′s from jimi hendrix. or maybe, just maybe, we should stick to the idea of initials and borrow a set that have already taken on the darkest possible connotations of evil and tyranny. since i came to us, i’ve been reading the morning paper with a marker and a dictionary. the difference is that, this time, the development of atomic power has imbued the struggle with a ghostly character; for both parties know and admit that, should the quarrel deteriorate into actual war, mankind is doomed. gimmier lickerish trap an some chicken-an look, fellers, no hens. in guy sebastian’s “who’s that girl”, “walking in the club” became “walking the kerb”. turns out the name of the song was “barbara ann”! think the problem here is that sooner or later children inevitably say, “me and so-and-so did x” which mom then corrects without explanation to “so-and-so and i did x. with the the mondegreen in the first quote is from “misunderstood” by lil wayne:“for 8 1/2 months i gave ms.. the subject/predicate thing requires creative writing to make it match. for years, i learned that you keep it, until i got to college and took a bunch of journalism classes. you have to match the article (a or an) to the way it’s most commonly pronounced, and what sound begins that. and also, you’d pause before that “and” when speaking, so it “sounds” like a comma. he thought the words were fa-fa-fa fa-farmer dan, until his older sister corrected him. that nelson said "kiss me, hardy", often believed to be "kismet, hardy" in his last hours, after being mortally wounded is extensively documented in contemporary accounts, including that of people actually present. on the flat roof, there was a several-feet high chimney, with a ladder leading up to the top; sari mistook this chimney for a scenery balcony, climbed up, and fell into a heating boiler, where she died instantly.: spoken to a german soldier after having been shot in her execution; the soldier subsequently emptied his machine gun into her. the last statement was a phone call to his wife. she lost consciousness and died before her husband could return with the tissues. forward to (jefferson) starship’s song, we built this city.@meg: whether or not a question is rhetorical has precious little (read: nothing) to do with punctuation. you believed in me, o wayward generation, every one of you would have followed the example of this youth, who stood in rank above most of you, and willingly would have sacrificed himself in my path.: charles frohman was standing on deck when the torpedo struck the rms lusitania, and 18 minutes later, he was dragged under with the ship by the suction.” someone finally found the lyrics to it and it was “i’ve got the blues and up above it’s so fair. i wish i could be like you, but i’m just human. beautiful for spacious skies,For amber waves of grain,For purple mountain majesties. when he said “we can’t go on together”, i thought it was “we’ll bash two gnomes together”. working with children on english grammar, i’ve found that we hear the first person plural pronoun properly (“we” or “us”), but not first person singular (“i” or “me”). when asked, he rolled his eyes, unable to believe we didn’t recognize “a cartridge in a pear tree”. a lot of the time, the offending piece of text just “sounds” wrong. either will distract the reader and muddy your efforts to clearly communicate your ideas.'s go, i'm ready to go for this thing, we can win this thing! i also possessed a vivid imagination, which was unfortunate in this instance. we were little, my brother and i thought the lyrics was “who will eat my sandwich? according to her, he was lapsing in and out of consciousness. take your example:“johnny and i are reviewing grammar” is indeed right, but people also think it’s correct in the predicate:“you should review grammar with johnny and i. love being a grammar nitpicker, but i also love breaking the rules for the sake of vernacular style., i was still a young adult before my fiancee (now, wife) corrected me.” so it would be “a history teacher,” but it would also be “an historical building” inhabited by “an hysterical person.: poole was a member of the new york city gang the bowery boys, a bare-knuckle boxer, and a leader of the know nothing political movement in the mid nineteenth century. but i suppose that would be an example of a mondegreen, right? the 1400s, in parts of europe (such as england and ireland), in australia, and in north america, the universal pronoun began to switch from “he” to “they. so please stop making yourself look like the rear end of the high horse you’re riding and be quiet. if you’re not building a site, we can’t learn from you, which makes you a simple critic who doesn’t realize that critics can never make typos… it’s the nature of the “i can’t do so i criticize” game. mom tells the story of misunderstanding the hymn “gladly the cross i’d bear” as “gladly the cross-eyed bear. sang “o, susanna” in middle school chorus, which was the first time i realized that the line was not, “…with a band-aid on my knee. furthermore, openly recommending the replacement of ‘he’ with ‘she’ on anti-sexist grounds is kinda repugnant. please read:I’d like to add 2 misused words that drive me batty–just for good measure 😉.: john wilkes booth, an american stage actor who assassinated president abraham lincoln. “was” may sound less ivy league to you than “were” in conditionals, but just leave those lovely shores and go round the world and you’ll find many local idioms actually prefer it. wisenheimers replaced that with,‘you think it’s butter but it’s snot. all those against using “literally” less than literally, how do you feel about “really”? used to think madonna was singing “cheerio” in “material girl. but if someone else had used the latter construction, it would be silly for me – or anyone else – to dismiss what they said just because they didn’t know that ‘none’ is a contraction of ‘not one’, and therefore has to take the singular.: emperor augustus, founder of the roman empire and its first emperor. posts seem to get folks revved up; you might as well write about religion or politics. websites that purport to list the lyrics of popular songs often have mondegreens. final thought i should leave you with which only occurred to me the other day. works for lmnop as one letter too; with the younger set. fear i’m fighting an uphill battle with that colon. mother tried correcting us at an early age, something about jesus, but well.'t let me die, i have got so much to do. it’s simply meant to be helpful, which everyone but you has found it to be. bee gees “more than a woman – bone headed woman to me. i used to own the album led zeppelin iv on 33rpm, and the rumor was always that there were satanic lyrics if you hooked up the motor backwards on the turntable. you can always count on your grammar geeks to jump in on something like this, j. whether we were being foolish or really thought that’s what he was saying, i really can’t remember.’re whole websites dedicated to english-spoken songs that cause mondegreens in spanish… examples:In michael jackson’s billy jean, the verse “but the kid is not my son” sounds a lot like “tu quieres una manzana” (you want an apple). i’m not against teaching grammar as there is a way of talking and writing that is perceived as more prestigious in academic and political circles. everybody would be saying the words along with the priest but i’d mistakenly say “the fruit of the loom,” after the underwear.: in a short while, gentlemen, we'll meet each other, anyway.” we would then ask, “what is the lion doing, mommy? thought “my woman from tokyo” was “my woman is okay-o”., it never ceases to amaze me how popular these grammar discussions are. in recent years ‘they’ has replaced the clumsy ‘he/she’ issue. state that “they” was common usage until 1880 or later, but actually, the usage of “they” as the universal pronoun has continued for much longer by many people, even through today..but i found out that its actually “up above the world so high” only in my high school! one old enough to remember belting out “my country tears of thee, sweet land of liver tea”. yeah, we’re not mixing our kids up any with the cult of santa claus! give everyone a little history of the use of “universal pronouns”:Traditionally, in the history of the world, the most common universal pronoun around the world has been “he. medical authorities swarm in and out of here predicting i have between two days and two months to live. i need more help with my blog… i wish it wasn’t just myself doing all the work. had been to sea world recently and thought it was: “you clothed yourself in whales and manatees.: chris mccandless, american wanderer and subject of the book into the wild. writing can be invisible, and if that’s your personal goal then there’s nothing wrong with that, but should? my sister sang, “tina, tina, tina i see you crying.. there are as many people vehemently fighting on one side of an issue as there are on the other. you’re like, “you know, i try and try to feel, but i’m just so bad at it! if everyone spoke ‘perfect’ english, well, it isn’t worth thinking about. that same song, there’s a lyric i mangled until i was in my 40′s..A usage which has occasionally literally caused a muscle over my left eye to twitch uncontrollably.: roald dahl, british novelist, short story writer, poet, screenwriter, and fighter pilot. however, we have to aim to uphold the standards so that people can communicate effectively.“shirley [surely], goodness, and mercy will follow me all the days of my life” (the 23rd psalm/the lord’s prayer).” the chorus goes “i am my own man, i make my own luck” but she sang it as “i am my own man, i make my own lunch. someone will tell me that you should say, “i feel badly,” and all i can picture is that you’re simply bad at feeling, like you try to do it and just can’t get the hang of it.: said to his niece as he readied himself for bed, whereupon he suffered a stroke and collapsed at the age of 70. i regret nothing, but i am sorry i am about to leave my friends. watch out, that “chimp” might just speak a language or two you don’t. are not to be confused with malapropisms, “the act or habit of misusing words ridiculously, especially by the confusion of words that are similar in sound” (as in, “dance the flamingo” instead of “dance the flamenco”) or eggcorns, “a word or phrase that is a seemingly logical alteration of another word or phrase that sounds similar and has been mishear or misinterpreted” (as in “old wise tale” for “old wives’ tale”). that song ‘all i need is a miracle’ which can easily be misheard as “all i need is a beer or two…” seemed appropriate. but subject / predicate disagreement is commonplace — so we might as well accept it. mondegreens share homophony (meaning they sound like) with the original wording, but often change the meaning of the word or phrase entirely—with amusing results. lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. a subsequent investigation determined that the pilots failed to switch on the engines' internal ice protection systems, used reverse thrust in a snow storm prior to takeoff, and failed to abort the takeoff even after detecting a power problem while taxiing and visually identifying ice and snow buildup on the wings.” if you’re just going to use it the same way we use the pointless word “really,” you might as well say “really,” it’s less pompous. – yes, i’m familiar with the colon rule (from cmos, i think), and i see that “error” all the time.’s a bilingual one — when my brother was learning the first few lines of the torah for his bar mitzvah, he would chant “v’ha’aretz hay’tah tohu v’vohu” — but i heard “tofu v’vohu. the way, i agree with you about teaching proper spelling – at least as much as it can be taught. don’t forget u2′s “where the sheets have no stains”…. when new language variations pop up, in most cases they are considered “wrong”.’m sure we’re all guilty of some of these mistakes, i’m sure everyone who has read this will think more, the next time they write a blog post. in the song “help”, we hear: “help me get my feedbag on the grou-ou-ound” (‘course should be ‘feet back’).… as far as using “he” or “she”… could it possibly be a better solution to simply use the pronoun that is your gender? another time, i was in philly walking to work early and the street was faily empty. i know i’m guilty of sounding like a chimp sometimes. wilde said this in the left bank hotel where he died on november 30 1900, the wallpaper has since been removed and the room re-furnished in the style of one of mr. more recently, i heard joanna newsom’s song “peach, plum, pear,” and i was certain her line “made me bolt like a horse” was actually “made me bold like a whore. i don’t give this band many points for lyrics, phish is famous for lines in many of their songs that are unprinted in any official source, and are sang purposely to be misheard and argued about among fans. want the world to be filled with white fluffy duckies. solutions for today:“he” is used most often in writing. haven’t seen it yet but what about blue oyster cult… i don’t know if it’s supposed to be:“pulling muscles from a shell”. and honor as glory and donor is another one, especially in church, and in the carman song jesus is the lamb. but they’re few and far between, and their number mostly comprises right-wing ideologues who encourage morons to commit hate crimes. by all means, feel free to jump all over it in the comments section. (a mobster whose car was riddled with starter motor problems, remarked to his associate when the car started successfully first go. become good carpenters and sports stars only because they’re encouraged. for my mistakes, i still think “can’t buy me love” by the beatles sounds like “it’s puppy-love”. but god’s name is harold, ‘hark, ’cause harold’s angels sing”. so tomorrow morning i'm being transferred to hopkins for further evaluation and testing. is one that people make because they think that complicating the language needlessly will make them sound smart. don’t really get how anyone hears any of the above (besides in-a-gadda-da-vida, because that guy sings with a mouthful). “if i die young, bury me with satan, lay me down on a bed of posers, sing me at the river, with fawn, send me away with the worms of a love song. do not look forward to your thoughts on which inaccuracies and grammatical ‘mistakes’ irritate you though.) the song “oh, what a night” by the four seasons has a part that goes:Oh, i got a funny feeling. more from my mum – when her school closed for “voting” on polling day she thought it was closed for “boating”, which was something only adults were allowed to do! mr kenny chesney got in touch with us about his suitcase that you are the rightful person to deliver the suitcase to. the company of the blessed: from the prophets, the truthful, the martyrs and the righteous. you cannot come up with a better choice of words? it’s always interesting to read a discussion of language use.: spoken via cockpit radio after transmitting a four digit code. free us use that sentence in any post about overused metaphors.: in response to his son, who told him it was time to let go and move on. and are you *seriously* suggesting that the whole chimp thing is some sort of veiled racial insult? i was fifteen, song by the hollies the lyrics were -all i need is the air that i breathe, yes to love you. personal mondegreen is very lame, and lasted well into my adulthood.’m actually sort of curious about this as i can’t recall hearing someone use lend in that way. whilst in confession mode, i also split my infinitives (if i think it makes a sentence read better) and i regularly abuse dashes and points of elipsis.!When i was a beginning reader–preschooler–i often took rides with my aunt & uncle down i-75 to my grandmother’s farm in kentucky. akiba, it is customary for jews to recite the shema as their last words. the first time we saw/heard the commercial we thought they were saying “walking in an orgy wonderland”! we were listening to boy from new york city by manhattan transfer. “i,” remove the extra people involved and it’ll become obvious that it’s not right.: these last words, for a time, were considered a final expression of his absurdist humor; a doctor asserted that they were perfectly understandable due to his dehydration. what was once ‘meant’ in the animal kingdom to be a nose can end up as an antenna, a tongue, eyes, a pair of lips or a blank space once evolution and the permutation of new dna and new conditions has got to work. in “dynamite” i thought it said “lighz eez ohz” instead of “light it up”.” my dear wife wondered until recently why he stored dried fruit in his loafers, having always heard the line “…he got a . quoted in conjectures on original composition: in a letter to the author of sir charles grandison (1759) by edward young and samuel richardson., back when my little brother was young and innocent (ha) he thought that “when you’re going through hell” by rodney atkins was “when you’re going through hail” and he couldn’t understand why you couldn’t just bring an umbrella or why the devil would care if you’re there, anyway. i heard it was from the puritan punishment of being put in public stocks if caught in an extramarital affair, with the abbreviated sign meaning for using carnal knowledge. write both in french and in english, and, like johnny b. when i heard jaci velasquez’s version of feliz navidad, in the part she sings in english, i heard the lyric, “i want to wish you a merry christmas” as “i want to wish you a merry , i want to wish you a merry “. smith, crew member of the ill-fated space shuttle challenger 51-l mission, 28 january 1986.: jane austen, an english novelist known principally for her five major novels which interpret, critique and comment upon the life of the british landed gentry at the end of the 18th century. o’connor and jean stapleton re-recorded “those were the days,” the theme song they sang for _all in the family_, to more clearly enunciate the last line “gee, our old lasalle ran great” because viewers couldn’t understand what they were singing.: he and his wife ethel were executed in the electric chair in 1953 for treason (passing in blueprints of the atomic bomb to the soviet union; see above.’ve obviously hit a nerve to get so many comments, but you hit the nail so squarely on the head i had to add my two cents. relevant grammar rule is that a pronoun should agree in number with its antecedent. the growth and development of language give great pleasures to its lovers. you later ask a hypothetical question “ask yourself if you’d say, ‘an horse’ or ‘an house. quoted in last words of notable people: final words of more than 3500 noteworthy people throughout history (2010) by william b. thought, for almost a year, that eric clapton’s was singing “captain midnight” instead of “after midnight. drives me crazy to see bad grammar in blogs – i know i do it too, but it still drives me nuts!: message left on a friend's answering machine before he died.: omar mukhtar (also omar al mukhtar), leader of the libyan resistance before being hanged by the italian fascist army in libya, (16 september 1931). imagine dragon’s radioactive, my little brother mistook the words “enough to make my system blow” as “enough to make my sister broke. am trying to communicate a very specific message, and anything that undermines my communication is defeating my object. whether or not we are aware of the difference between a transitive verb and a preposition, a verb and a vowel, we are willy-nilly, heirs to marlowe and swift, just as that new waitrose is a descendant (albeit a bastard one) of the parthenon. i’m not converging on a conclusion any time soon.: robert erskine childers, last words, to his firing squad, irish civil war, 1922. personally, i kind of like sudden light better than sunlight. about “i decided to run quickly away”- that seems to make more sense to me. i guess you project and interpret your own take that better makes sense to you. friend of mine’s wife thought madonna was singing,”just like a person”., they found out about e kaka spell temple email address, so it fits. the worse part was, one day i heard it one the radio, and i turned it up, and started singing it; i thought it was a rock and roll song to some old action movie. actually the one doesn’t cancel out or refute the other.