- 'Yo, can u plz help me write English?' Steve friess yo can u plz help me write english

Most students still can't write respectably

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). 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.” [my version fits better with the music, since it's in a minor key, as are almost all laments. after a few seconds, pantaleo uses his hands to push garner's head down on the sidewalk. there was a push back to making things gender neutral by using “he” as the universal pronoun. well it’s the same in language, there’s no right or wrong, only usage. father told me about how as a young child he heard someone talk about how they were going to fly a “paper cup”. once, when my daughter was 3 or 4, she said, i love cheez-its.” yet one of the guides (i think it’s ap) says that that final comma shouldn’t be there. in recent years ‘they’ has replaced the clumsy ‘he/she’ issue.: sharon tate, victim of confessed murderer susan atkins (aka sadie mae glutz) of the manson family, as reported in the court testimony of virginia graham. i first listened to enya’s song, “this way ends together far-and-away” alluding to parallel-tracks, but it was not readily hearable, i came-up with a possible phrase, ‘this day ends tomorrow around the world’—a lyrical truth. in it, he talks about how he won’t use certain words: “i will not say ‘concept’ when i mean ‘idea’. pleasure legions, to the flag of the ninety stays of america.: according to fellow prisoner christopher scarver, who admitted to beating dahmer to death with a "preacher bar" (part of a weight machine), these were his last words.” i’d only say something if i couldn’t understand the person — and certainly he didn’t misunderstand my comment based on one s that didn’t get typed. by calvin harris: sounds like he is saying “you used the whole beef” in the chorus of his song “you used to hold me”.: american musician, music historian and ukulele player tiny tim (real name: herbert khaury). stalin has finally accomplished the task he attempted unsuccessfully before. without "gewesen" at the end, one would translate "i am the king of sweden. i don’t think they were “trying to sound intelligent,” it’s just the way the language was spoken around them.[to his killers] if all the swords in england were pointed against my head, your threats would not move me. and both debbie and her son todd fisher were planning carrie's funeral. doesn’t mean you shouldn’t use the phrase — it’s it a great phrase. damn fool thing you do in this life you pay for." were the last words he declared to his daughter-in-law ottilie. but when i see the lyrics written out, they give the line as “on the rolling boat we sit, shivering with coldness. are so many questions and issues jostling, tumbling and colliding in my mind that i can barely list them. too often, lack of thought about even small issues can result in clouded meanings and ambiguity. 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." in greek, though his native tongue was latin [de vita caesarum liber i divus iulius, lxxxii]).“long before the use of generic he was condemned as sexist, the pronouns they, their, and them were used in educated speech and in all but the most formal writing to refer to indefinite pronouns and to singular nouns of general personal reference, probably because such nouns are often not felt to be exclusively singular: if anyone calls, tell them i’ll be back at six. friend used to say “entire state building” for the empire state bldg! now, on another note, please write article to ask people to quit saying “alls” instead of “all. it’s a tricky language and to expect the whole blogging world to have a handle on it is outrageous. always said … one nation, under god is invisible to liberty and just is for all… it’s actually one nation, under god, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.” sounds much better and therefore the use of ‘me’ is the correct word. good compromise is to pick a gender and run with it. 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.” my attempt: “haaaaaah jee been yahh habadibishdembabahhh” it’s a tough one to say the least! as you say, once or twice is acceptable, any more and my interest is lost. i can attempt to disguise my language, i can dress it up into even more elaborate and grandiose orotundity, prolixity and self-consciousness, will self-consciousness you might say, or i could dress it down into something stripped. nothing else will give you any comfort when you come to lie here. believe that a life lived for music is an existence spent wonderfully, and this is what i've dedicated my life to. should be noted, however, that after he heard the words of the executioner, "ready… aim…" hill shouted out his actual final word as a command: fire! perhaps, this shows a very measurable improvement in it’s development. ‘none of these are of importance,’ i wrote there, you’ll notice – the old pedantic me would have insisted on “none of them is of importance”. the hymn “onward christian soldiers,” i incorrectly sung christ our roayl master “leans againgst the pole” until high school music camp when i actually saw music/lyrics and realized the words were “leads against the foe. don’t forget the rascals’ classic from groovin’ “life would be ecstasy, you and me and lesley”!’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. john prine’s fish and whistle song (don’t remember if that’s the name) he sings “it’s a half an inch of water and you think you’re gonna drown”.” only to find out he was in fact saying “when we sway i grow weak”. who have no talent will quickly fall by the wayside."] i resign my spirit to god, my daughter to my country. was in junior high when kenny rogers’ song “lucille” came out. nothing else has worked and it’s probably because he doesn’t care, but your explanation is perfect. always hear the lyrics to the famous aerosmith song as “loving and elevate her”.. i don’t like the idea that “writing should be invisible” at all. had he completed it, it would have been fast enough to set a record exceeding 300mph. her scarf got caught around the wheel and strangled her instantly as the driver took off. and i thought that the lyrics, “a light(maybe lamp) unto my path(maybe bed)” was “and a bozz unto my bed.“by the way, i have a feeling that the reference to chimps was probably made in humour and not intended to cause offence. two errors that bother me the most:1) mixing up “it’s” and “its”. pat sajak’s day, and if you don’t wear green, i can pinch you. the sentence would still make sense without it and could be moved: “i, myself, did the job. cocker’s elevator music:The lift is up where we belong,Where the eagles fly on a mountain high. just wish i had time for one more bowl of chili. jingle bells thought the lyric was “in a one horse soapin’ sleigh”. version i found over the internet:Once i had a notion / about this bajin girl / i put my thoughts in motion / and found my heart in a whirl. you use “literally,” stop and think about whether or not what you’re saying is actually true, in those exact words. and honest farmey had a cow, e i e i o…”. (because sometimes, “the needs of the one… outweigh the needs of the many. christmas i hear a hymn and the words in my mind are from “pogo” —- “deck us all with boston, charlie — walla-walla washington, kalamazoo”. learned that the rule about using “an” in front of a word beginning with an h was as follows:If the h word in question is a multi-syllabic word, you use “a” or “an” depending on where the stress lies in the word.“language is the universal whore that i must make into a virgin,” wrote karl kraus or somebody so like him that it makes no odds. if it wasn’t for the internet, i probably never would have gotten these lyrics right. somehow people think they are interchangeable when one is a comparison and one references the passing of time. the best one ever is int he metallica song enter sandman “dreams of war, dreams of liars, dreams of fragons fire, and of baked apple pie. many held the belief that using a masculine pronoun for the universal pronoun was sexist, and didn’t want to risk insulting women.’ve been taught that “whether or not” is equivalent to “regardless of whether,” so if it doesn’t make sense to say “regardless of whether” in the sentence, then you should use “whether” rather than “whether or not. strunk & white say it should, and those are some bad mother…shut your mouth! answer to your question is this:Drop bob and mr.: spoken to his brother alfred after being fatally wounded in a duel. the song “loser” by beck, the spanish phrase “soy un perdedor” means “i’m a loser” but it sounds like “soil on a cabinet door. there were issues between us as children as you can well imagine. you will decide if they lived with the passion and intensity. mother and i thought the some dude named cole was preparing and serving an indian dish of mutton keema. that’s the beauty of language, it evolves and adapts. the best thing is to have a sense of humour and thanks for some of the hilarious input. “was/were” subjunctive rule has given me trouble for years. can’t stand the improper use of i for me. considering how bad linguistics has been used to “prove” that other races are mentally inferior, i get a little testy when people say that if you don’t follow their sociolect/dialect’s set of rules then you “sound like a chimp. words can express just how sorry i am for taking the lives of my babies. i then blame in on my journalism degree and the faculty supervisor that ripped my writing to shreds when i wrote for the oklahoma daily many years ago. 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., most of that song is hard to hear so i’m sure there are plenty of other mondegreens to be found there. 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 😉.: the revolution is like saturn: it devours its own children.: to audrey meadows, via telephone, according to meadows' book love, alice: my life as a honeymooner. (there’s always one of those) i have to add that i have a close friend who is highly educated in language and grammar and she has taught me to get off my high horse (in most cases). “boulevard of broken dreams” by green day, i always thought the “she goes left” part was “seagulls left” haha. this increased use is at least partly impelled by the desire to avoid the sexist implications of he as a pronoun of general reference. but i’m only too acutely aware of the fact that i all too often make mistakes. the plural subject “they” agrees with the plural predicate “were. was singing “stomp on your fingers, the baby so mean” for at least 14 years. she sang to me all the time when i was young.’d say there are quite enough linguistic challenges to worldwide communications without dwelling on such issues of, shall we say, taste. interesting grammar read, expecially for me as a learner of the english language. jovi’s shot throught the heart, i thought was javaaaa the huuut, ‘cuz he’s to blame (he gives love a bad name). mom, until we got some sheet music for the pocahontas song colors of the wind, thought that we were asking the spinning bobcat why he spins. up i thought aretha franklin was singing “you make me feel like i man or a woman”.” too bad there’s no agreement between the subjects and verbs in that sentence.” (object of the preposition) or “i gave myself a haircut. the song came on the radio and my kids were singing along. “how to save a life” by the fray always sounded like “how to say goodnight.’s the incorrect use:“if i was rich, i’d buy lots and lots of pants.@marc a good rule of thumb is to use “me” when it’s in a prepositional phrase. 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., who had just told a joke, immediately slumped over and died of an apparent heart attack. die innocent of all the crimes laid to my charge; i pardon those who have occasioned my death; and i pray to god that the blood you are going to shed may never be visited on france. d lang singing that she “can’t stand gravy” baffled me for ages made more sense than constant craving. school teacher had the universal pronouns changed in school books from “they” to “he. someone drunkenly singing ” don’t cry for me marge an tina”.” instead of “it’s true, we’ll make a better day, just you and me. brother’s name is jeff and since we were children, at christmas, i always sang “jeff’s nuts roasting on an open fire” instead of “chestnuts roasting on an open fire”. don henley’s “end of the innocence” i thought he said “tired old man with the electric grin”, when it was actually “that we elected king”. mom thought that that was the funniest thing ever when she heard me sing it. this increased use is at least partly impelled by the desire to avoid the sexist implications of he as a pronoun of general reference. the “literally” that bothered me most in recent memory was when ibm used it in their smarter planet campaign: “changing the way the world literally works”. as well just end it all next time i’m swinging from that tree …. if you don’t buy that, then thou must returnist thou to ye olde englishe. i agree with lewis (and strunk & white), it’s trying to impose latin grammar on english. since they spoke no english and the songs were meaningless to them anyway, they were singing along to what they thought they heard– which apparently was “dabbywuff”, instead of “fabulous”. a male co-worker was walking past and muttered, “that’s the worst kind., classical music is not immune: mendelssohn’s “he watching over israel” is forever known as the slumber-snot song – “he watching over israel slumber snot (slumbers not) nor sleeps. the free and happy use of words appears to be considered elitist or pretentious.: ethel barrymore, an american actress regarded as the "first lady of the american theater. it sounds weird to me, but so do a lot of these the first time i hear them. of mine really liked the ac/dc song “dirty deeds in a thunder jeep”. classic fertilizing song:One ton of guanna, my darling, one ton of guanna. require constant reminders although i excelled in grammar in my youth and even worked as a junior editor years ago. is there a right way to express yourself and a wrong? the oxford english dictionary:The word they (with its counterparts them, their, and themselves) as a singular pronoun to refer to a person of unspecified sex has been used since at least the 16th century. also it doesn’t make you look like a chimp. 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. i tho’t the recordings were bad enough, in his concerts, it was even worse! so, in correcting the children, just be respectful and understand that perhaps in the dialect they’ve grown up in that is perfectly “correct” and understood.: vittorio alfieri, was an italian dramatist and poet, considered the "founder of italian tragedy. links hererelated changesupload filespecial pagespermanent linkpage informationwikidata itemcite this page. your point about using a common before the ‘and’ in a list, i remember my english professor telling us about a lawsuit over a will. the beatles theme, i could never make sense of”take the back right turn! am thankful for the kind treatment during my captivity and i ask god to accept me with mercy. but that means that 10 percent of your readers stop mid-sentence to think: “oooh, look.–nine inch nails “down in it”: instead of “i was up above it” i thought he said “how is everybody? i still think my lyrics fit the song just fine. as astor prepared to enter a lifeboat with his wife, a group of female passengers appeared on deck. this was first execution in the united states after 10-years moratorium.@cassie — similarly, few (including several dictionaries) fail to distinguish between “accountable” and “responsible” with the result that we now have a society that is seldom “accountable” when they are found “responsible”.… if i’m not mistaken, i’ve seen, right here on copyblogger, plural pronouns used to represent the singular.ón was sitting in a restaurant, and is said to have asked for more totopos (tortilla chips) a few seconds before being shot. and, hey, how many mondegreens did we hear in “american pie”? realized while reading these comments that i’ve been hearing stayin’ alive by the beegees wrong. while language does evolve, there are some very basic words that this theory doesn’t apply to, like lend and borrow. duran’s, “my own way,” was often sung with “i’m never bothered what you say, someone’s denture slips for today, ain’t your problem anyway,” instead of “i’m never bothered what you say, someone’s kid just lives for today, ain’t your problem anyway. without the h sound, putting “an” in front of it would be correct. touched on a number of my (least) favourite grammatical annoyances, which annoy me most when i’m the guilty party.” it should be “let’s lock the door and throw away the key now. his last words to colonel arnaldo saucedo parada, head of intelligence of the eighth division who delivered the official report on che's final moments were reported as: "i knew you were going to shoot me; i should never have been taken alive. myself, i couldn’t figure out the “knock-knock” joke: “knock, knock” “who’s there? of my favorites is when a spouse describes that their loved one “has that old timer’s disease” instead of “alzheimer’s disease!’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! cracked up when a friend of mine started complaining when a certain bananarama song came on the radio.: fabrizio quattrocchi, italian security officer taken hostage in iraq early in the iraq war. main problem with “an historic” is the way that people use “an” and stress the h. finally, i wonder if other men and women ask their doctors right away, "okay, doc, when does the hair go? years ago i heard a comedian talking about the lion king song ‘circle of life’., most cetainly my preferable mondegreen was issued from my nana. parked in a spot just by the door that said for special guests,I couldn’t believe it as i was a little late. problem is “this person” (singular) being used together with the pronoun “they” (plural).” the rule i learned was that you can add an apostrophe even though it’s not possessive if not doing so is likely to result in confusion. may sound very different to you, but to a complete outsider there will probably be far more similarities than differences. 65′s song “blue” was also a trip-up for me and my friends back in junior high..to bring you roses , ne’er to be a stain”. andy barrie, host of a canadian broadcasting corporation (cbc) morning show uses it and today (december 22, 2009) the weather guy referred to the wind coming off of lake ontario.: ida straus, wife of isidor straus, co-owner of macy's, and victim aboard the titanic., myself, believe that if i were to spend an hour or two thinking of all the grammatical pet peeves that i have, the list would be practically endless. it’s not like i go around telling people, “ha! also remember a college friend who, every time she heard billy idol’s “eyes without a face”, thought he was saying, “i supply the babies”. friends’ kids from denmark were singing high school musical 2 songs (in english).… which *always* sounds, when announced like cross incontinence – i rather different programme. think you’re incorrect here because “bob, mr parsons and me” must be in the accusative case; “me” is correct. every time the hubs watches star trek, he yells, “go boldly! ariana grande’s “break free”, i thought the line “like a deadly fever, yeah, babe” was “like a deadly feeling, babe”. “i decided to run away quickly,” is correct, but sounds…stilted. unlike music, painting, dance and raffia work, you don’t have to be taught any part of language or buy any equipment to use it, all the power of it was in you from the moment the head of daddy’s little wiggler fused with the wall of mummy’s little bubble. i was younger, i heard part of an elvis song in a movie. become good carpenters and sports stars only because they’re encouraged. i can’t even agree that they aren’t helpful. me if i have this right… you would have liked mr., you use “were” because you’re actually not at work right now. and like some others, i thought the commercial for “secret agent man” sounded like “secret asian man”. of my favorites:My college roommate thought tina turner’s “what’s love got to do with it? and, i did think “boys of summer” was, “poison summer”. have you considered why some people seem to prefer using ‘an’ before ‘historic’? thought wizard of voz was correct (that’s how my sister says it), until i saw it in writing. the joker shows that there are some words which are impossible to hear correctly because they are mangled in the source text. always thought that barbara ann was : “bob, bob, bob, bob, bob moran. poor otis redding was,”sitting on the dog of the bay”, guess it was really poor dog! mishima encouraged the soldiers to launch a military coup and restore the traditional powers of the emperor.’s great to see so many comments here and to know that so many people are passionate about grammar and usage!” (object of the preposition) or “i gave myself a haircut. also, as a youngster i couldn’t get my head round the phrase “whose is it? publishing outlets are time sensitive, and getting something out first can make all the difference. spelling can really give things away and i have found there are certain words that my fingers just don’t want to spell correctly.” this is revised to read “if writers use bad grammar, they will seem like monkeys. honestly, i think a lot of people are missing the entire point of this post, and that’s the chimps are funny and used to be in that show “lancelot link, secret chimp. reminders, even for those of us who are supposed to be english teachers. i literally pictured a centipede on a christmas tree (“centipede” apparently was “santa peed”) though my father told it to me until i was about 15 before i asked him to explain it to me. when later i looked up a web site which listed similar ‘mondegreens’ it said that, of course, everyone knew about the ccr title, and i wondered if they did so because stephen pinker had subsequently used it in a revised edition of his book (acknowledged or not), or whether others had misheard in the same way as i had. sometimes it’s obvious from context, but it wouldn’t be if i said, “i was literally foaming at the mouth…”. you probably share the belief of those who fail to use turn signals because driving is “more interesting. petersburg, florida, where he would die early the next morning, october 21, 1969. apparently, 85% of the usage panel disapproved of that usage despite the fact that it has been common since 1935 (according to them). debate in the news at that time was about medicare., i don’t think anyone really cares, and either way is publishable. up, my siblings and i thought the lyrics to george michael’s “i got my mind set on you” were “wake up, i might sit on you”. please stop posting – i need to be up in four hours ….: said just before he was assassinated by naval officers in a coup d'état may 15 incident. a song lyrics, but a friend was visiting my lutheran church for the first time and mistook the chanted response:“may the peace of the lord be with you! we spent a week arguing over what was being said during the chorus – the most popular theory was “i’m blue, if i was green i would die”. “dirty deeds and they’re done dirt cheap” sounds like “thirty thieves and the thunderchief”.: fridtjof nansen, norwegian explorer, scientist, diplomat, humanitarian and nobel peace prize laureate. dean martin singing rudolph the red-nosed reindeer and at one part he says rudy the red big reindeer. took my father many years to find out what he thought were chester draws were actually a “chest of drawers. 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.! and in empire state of mind, i sing “concrete jungle wet dream tomato” even though i know the real lyrics, i sing this one instead. hate to say that my sister and i were teenagers when our mother said “you do know it’s elbow don’t you” and we said “wait, what? it’s better with brush your teeth, as it puts us all in a dental awareness moment. and i’d hestitate to equate people who make mistakes with chimps. this day, i get the last two lines of the first verse of bruce springsteen’s “hungry heart” mixed up…”like a river that don’t know where it’s flowin’, i took a wrong turn and just kept going” for some reason, i always sing “like a river that don’t know where it’s going, i took a wrong turn and just kept flowin’” which could make sense….” it was only very recently that i saw it in print and realized she wasn’t singing “you came in like rainbow”! it makes me grind me teeth and want to punch the person who writes it. melissa etheridge’s ‘i want to come over,’ when she says ‘i want to come over- to hell with the consequence’ i always thought it was to hell with the concert plans-’ like the were in a fight and she just wanted to come over and be together instead of going to the concert like they had planned….“if a writer uses bad grammar, they will seem like monkeys. i say “an herb”, why should i be so fussy about “an historic”. so bearing in mind that i am fully aware that i sound like the worst kind of pseudo-intellectual twazzock, let’s look at that distinction. distinctly remember in elementary saying, “for richard stands,” instead of, “for which it stands,” during the pledge of allegiance. the list to sandwiches:“our sandwich choices are tuna, ham, turkey, peanut butter and jelly. fear i’m fighting an uphill battle with that colon. think the most famous of hers is instead of “voices carry” she thought it was “richard scarry”. but you better be smiling if you’re going to mention it ;0). all, i charge the leadership of the nation and their followers with the strict observance of the racial laws and with merciless resistance against the universal poisoners of all peoples, international jewry. my dad’s probably going to come up and yell at me because i’m laughing so loud right now! he was connected to a 9-1-1 dispatcher, and he said the above phrase when the south tower collapsed after it'd been hit by one of the airplanes used in the attacks. in part classical ruin, then, my language in particular has also mixed in it elements of my three ws, my particular world wide web, my w. someone is obsessive over using perfectly correct grammar, it could actually hinder them from communicating effectively. you cannot come up with a better choice of words? by all means, feel free to jump all over it in the comments section.” in that case, “crazy” is a state of being, so your conclusion was correct: i (noun) became (verb) crazy (object). there is a line which i always hear as “on the rolling bumpy sea, shiver with coldness. 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. is inherent in all things: be sure to strive with clarity of mind (for nirvana). i couldn’t contrive a way for this sentence to work, for any sense of the word!: from a 911 call asking who was going to commit suicide. dear, be a good man — be virtuous — be religious — be a good man. either will distract the reader and muddy your efforts to clearly communicate your ideas. truss’ cute book, eats, shoots, and leaves is perfect on this point, though she does go on a bit longer than necessary. am starting to believe you are not intending to count me amongst your friends. several years as a pre-teen, i misunderstood the words to the first verse of “silent night”: “round yon version, mother and child. any sentence they stumble on should be checked for errors, or simplified if none found.’ve been lurking for a very long time, but i’ll stop lurking & lend my support. this is how you would manage to read a history book to learn about an historical event, and be correct.” it sounds like “she seems to have an invisible tough shit. it’s like fingernails on a chalkboard when i hear it used wrong. apply the grammar and punctuation rules that help us communicate better, as in the difference between its and it’s, the most common mistake. if you wouldn’t use “myself” in a sentence if the other people weren’t in the sentence, then don’t use it. some suggested that it was latin, others, out of religiosity, that it must be hebrew, greek or aramaic. show us your bone” as in a femur or something of the sort. curious if i’m the only one who hears it like that. obscure song, “pilot of the airwaves,” by charlie dore, used to be known, to me, as “islands in the airways. actual lyric is ‘we know how to and sure as shit will win’.: desi arnaz, an american musician, actor, television producer, writer and director. case you’re wondering, my spelling and punctuation are uk style … a whole other blog post, maybe., i was always confused by weezer singing “beverly hills, rolling like a silver grenade”.: never mind; it is good to die for our country. until a few months ago i thought the lyrics to sade smooth operator was sue got it better, or sue does it better. think the song unwell is by matchbox 20, but anyway, when it comes on the radio i think the first line in the chorus is “i’m not crazy, i’m just a little, um…well” instead of “i’m not crazy, i’m just a little unwell. in those days–nearly 50 years ago–before 24-hour restaurants, gas stations at every exit, etc.#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. have to make a concerted effort to avoid smacking people who use “literally” inappropriately. irregardless: if you had went to look up a lot of this stuff you would have saw that its rite.’ spam – although it’s funny that this remark has such horrendous grammar on a dictionary blog. a person is slated with selecting the committee, then including oneself in the committee is a reflexive act. had a friend that thought the lyrics to the nine inch nails song down in it was “i was at the paaarty” instead of i was up above it.: the báb, founder of bábism, and one of three central figures of the bahá'í faith.. thus singing it h i j k l ” a minnow pee” . believe there are those who don’t understand that the universal “he” can be sexless. so i thought then, and i think now, that my incomprehension was entirely justifiable.: while alexander graham bell was dying, his deaf wife whispered to him, "don't leave me. give us this day, our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. it’s just the preterit of impact, which can mean “to have a direct effect on”.: after this troubled teenager left his texas classroom under the pretenses of obtaining a late pass, he returned with a gun, uttered these words, and committed suicide in front of his classmates., and the axiom proves true yet again:“if you’re not pissing people off by talking about grammar, you’re not succeeding.: kristen stewart from the twilight movies recently told a reporter, “i get to do something that literally if i didn’t get to do it, i would implode. until i was 11, i thought the beatles song “lucy in the sky” contained the lyric “the girl with colitis goes by…”. without paying much attention she kept thinking they were proudly offering “service with a smirk”. always thought that the shirelles were singing (in “will you love me tomorrow”) “can i believe the magic of your size” rather than “magic of your sighs” ! the second line, heard by his son calum, came during after the beeping machines in his ward sent him hallucinating that he was at a club. historically, “an” is used before “h” if the h is silent, *or if the first syllable is unstressed. performing “my fair lady”, we were constantly reminding the star who played eliza doolittle to enunciate her solo, because it kept coming out “wooden tit be loverly. grammar, does that exist, or is it a pedantic imposition, a kind of unnatural mixture of strangulation and straightening, like pleaching, pollarding and training pear-trees against a wall? your way up, please take me up, on your way down, don't let me down. the fact that it is that widespread actually points to there being more going on than just a few ignorant kids. last two words, french for “a partridge,” are (more or less) pronounced “oona pair-dree. one i wish were the real lyric, though was the stones playing with fire. “one” can be used, although it can be very cumbersome. me, while i kiss the sky,‘scuse me, while i kiss this guy. tuned for my next controversial post, “what’s wrong with every race and religion.’m your penis, i’m your fire (actual: i’ m your venus, i’m your fire). and i’d hestitate to equate people who make mistakes with chimps.: winston churchill, a british statesman who was the prime minister of the united kingdom. “run quickly away” reminds me too much of brave sir robin to ever say it with a straight face. there is language, the thing itself, the idea of language. in fact if you suggest drinking pig’s milk or horse’s milk, people look askance and go “yeurgh! 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. by using this site, you agree to the terms of use and privacy policy. here’s a couple from my family experience:A daughter wanted to sing the “donzer song”., the “literally” one kills me when i hear it, like fingernails on a chalkboard. they has taken on a role as gender-neutral singular and there’s no going back. publishing outlets are time sensitive, and getting something out first can make all the difference. had a great bit at the beginning of his parental advisory album called “offensive language”. out my twitter:@krissy – i have no reference, of course, because i’m sloppy about things like that.'d like to thank my family for loving me and taking care of me.” the universal pronoun “he” remained in the school books from the 1800s until 1960, at which point the schools were permitted to change the pronouns. have offended god and mankind because my work did not reach the quality it should have. “final comma on the list” rule bugs me as well. i were going to write about this, but you literally took it right out from under me!” when i asked her what the hell she thought “hot slup” was, she said she imagined it to be similar to porridge or cream of wheat. have never known they were singing “i’m not talkin’ ’bout movin’ in” i have always heard it as “i’m not talkin’ ’bout the linen. over time, that may change, but right now, using “literally” (where “really” might otherwise be used) is an annoyance to many – myself included. words are free and all words, light and frothy, firm and sculpted as they may be, bear the history of their passage from lip to lip over thousands of years. at the beginning, i thought ‘and life is a road and i wanna keep going’ was ‘we love the roll of all this ringed sole’. i can’t take anything you say seriously knowing that. work on points for style later – get the message across first. if the foulness of the kennel club mentality was operated in nature, just imagine … giraffes’ necks wouldn’t be allowed to stretch, camels wouldn’t get humps, such alterations would be wrong.. i always through one part meant:Pigs in the pickle trough oooooooo lalalalaaaaaaaaa (that deep voice for the lalalaaaaa).: said about his son, gustavus adolphus the great, who made sweden a great power.(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.” what a “lerm” was, i didn’t know, but my 4(? she stayed by his side until he died from diabetes complications. dive into the open flowing waters and leave the stagnant canals be. childhood friend always sang “take your pants down and make it happen” instead “take your passion and make it happen”. the christmas carol “silent night” my younger brother changed “round yon virgin” to “barnyard virgin”. brittany spears uses ‘literally’ to describe a non-literal situation, the audience understands that the roller coaster* going to hell is a metaphor… incorrect grammar is acceptable, shows personality, and makes you appear less of a douche… and it’s the grammatically correct people that end up looking like they’re “trying to appear smart” or impress people. i’m not heartbroken that you can’t put two and two together! your enemies will cower before you, and you will trample down their high places. does it mean that “she” is being used as a universal pronoun more often than “he” or just more often than previously. thought in smash mouth’s song rock star he was saying “she was looking kinda dumb with her finger in her bum, and the shape of an l on her forehead., you literally cut poeple up – including myself – chewed them, and and then spat them out! lokey beat me to the beatles’ “lucy in the sky with diamonds”‘s “the girl with colitis goes by,” but i haven’t seen anyone mention neil diamond’s “reverend blue jeans” (“forever in blue jeans”) yet. and i was extremely embarrassed when i discovered that the line from avril lavigne’s “complicated” is “promise me i’m never gonna find you begging” and not “promise me i’m never gonna find you’re bacon. could it be something that is influenced by regional pronunciations? on this day of reflection i say again, thank you for going on this journey with me. wonder’s lyric “massed her braided hair” used to confuse me as a kid. is extremely common, and i can almost forgive it because the correct structure is cumbersome.: british vice admiral horatio nelson; this is recorded definitively in an account by nelson's ship surgeon, dr. of these invented pronouns are:S/he the singular pronoun for she or he. it’s she who holds her tongue who gets a man! many people with native language different than english do common sense errors in their blogs instead promoting clean and crisp language….’s a popular christian group called newsong that’s been around for a long time. a friend in middle school back in 77-78 who thought the verse in queen’s “we will rock you”…somebody better put you back into your place…was… somebody better put a bag on yo face. in fact, historically it was used so, and historically the plural issue was overlooked, so there’s really no good reason not to go back there now that ‘he’ as a universal pronoun is deprecated. of my cousins thought “band on the run” by paul mccartney was “ham on a bun”. i was a child, i though my friend’s older brother had, “sixty-five roses” instead of cystic fibrosis. i have capd – central auditory processing disorder, so what might be an unusual event for most folks – mondergreens – is an every day occurrence for me. we should really have a post:267 grammar rules that are redundant, archaic, in need of updates or should be collectively changed. did hear “liver tea” but not indivisible and by the way does anyone play minecraft? in many dialects, it is already just about equivalent — regardless of how much it annoys you. one of my favorites in english:“give me hope, joanna” (eddy grant) -> “give me dope, joanna”. and, i think that we were taught “an” before an “h” word is formally correct. probably yes, but it can lead to some cumbersome sentences. put what peter andrew said about “rules” more succinctly, take a look at the difference between prescriptivsm and descriptivism. nobody would say “i feel happily for you” which i think is the giveaway. and then there is this or that example of language in praxis, in use. however, it figuratively drives me up the wall when i hear that “joe sixpack impacted the team with his star performance”. is definitely “me”, as you would never say “the committee will consist of i./r another variation on the singular pronoun for his or her.: alexander litvinenko, whistleblowing former russian spy, who was poisoned in a london sushi bar. think mondegreen is a fantastic result because a male represents penetration of nature, thus nature being female of equal essential. i heard a song of theirs and asked my mom who was singing and i thought she said, “phillip’s cragendeen. are right in was and were thing, i keep ask people which one should i use when say “i”, all of them said was is fine ! soon after he said these words, the ship sank and all twenty-nine men aboard were killed. female co-worker said her husband had a severe case of “in testicle” flu. mom is famous for a few:“spotlight” (mute math)– instead of “spotlight is on! that song story of a girl, there’s a line “while she looks so sad in photographs, i absolutely love her when she smiles”.” what would people think if you went into the store and said, “i’ll have an half gallon of milk, please”?

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we kids thought it was saying “tv strikes every seven seconds,” apparently reflecting the concerns some experts voiced regarding children’s overexposure to the influence of the media.@andy wood : i get the gist of your post and mostly agree.. when asked who that was, the child replied “round john virgin”. cool thing about seal was that he wouldn’t publish the lyrics to those songs. some of you have noticed in the last several days that i was not covering the pope.: he had addressed the garrison at the ichigaya camp, the tokyo headquarters of the eastern command of japan's self-defense forces, while his followers, the tatenokai or "shield society", held the commander hostage., this one was my favorite when i was in middle school: “this guy is falling! the comments here has led me to ask about one other aggravation (though this comes from my punctuation wench, not from from grammar wench), and it is this: when did it become acceptable for people to cease using question marks when asking a question? he or she is extremely clunky, and many people get really weird about the sexist implications of hypothetical situations (they should get over it)., i love the examples you’ve chosen to highlight, but i must point out that this very article (and the comments that follow, for that matter) has many punctuation errors, most of which involve commas.” i’ve been seeing phrases like “an historic” more and more frequently in print and online and wondering whether someone changed the rule while i wasn’t looking! however, my argument is that being able to communicate effectively is part of being a scientist, and if pupils are unable to do that then they are not being good scientists. i am going to my death having had a great life because of my two great sons, mike and doug. 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.: my lord, my lord, have pity upon my soul and these poor people.: final telegram sent to the premier of victoria, sir thomas bent, from on board the oswestry grange heading back to new zealand, 10 june 1906.) to seek to exclude the opinions of those whose english usage isn’t perfect. i believe these days english people started to figure out them & it’s about to disappear slighty . is a rather outdated rule that continues to change over time as we continue to pronounce things differently.: said as his plane entered a flat spin and subsequently crashed. i think what offends examiners and employers when confronted with extremely informal, unpunctuated and haywire language is the implication of not caring that underlies it. was well into high school before i understood you didn’t say “blesh you” after a sneeze. “i” is often used in johnny’s example because to many ears it sounds better, but it’s not correct., i swore earlier i was staying out of this comment thread., for years and years i thought the beach boys’ “barbara ann” was about a guy named “bob barant”:“bob, bob, bob, bob bob barant…”. for 7 years i kept singing it as cocohaha… hudumba you…. truant is the creator of zero to business: a ridiculously simple guide to turning your online business from tech headache to profit center and almost certainly made at least one idiotic grammatical mistake above. life of everyone on board depends upon just one thing: finding someone back there who can not only fly this plane, but who didn’t have fish for dinner., 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. for example, the standard english words for male and female genitalia meant “tail” and “sheath” respectively in latin. every time i hear “an historic” i want to scream.’m a particular fan of the bbc radio 4 programme crossing continents. they’ll match up the words with those they already know, and write off those they cannot match up an nonsense.: i deserve not death, but i repent nothing else in my life except for one thing. thought for 6 months that tom jones was singing “sad bum, sad bum, you’re my sad bum’ (sex bomb). response to his generals asking the heirless alexander which one of them would get control of the empire. on another topic, i do wish to address your placement of the word “only” within the lead in to your last ‘myself’ example.: charles frohman, as he stood on the deck of the sinking liner rms lusitania with french actress rita jolivet, he quoted this line from his friend, j. i tried to explain to my sis that my daughter had no idea what a “whore” was, but she was so offended, she couldn’t accept it. you’re talking about a singular unit, so describe it correctly.: william corder, moments before he was hanged on august 11, 1828, for the murder of maria marten at the red barn. unfortunately, that was a long time ago and i can’t remember any particular example from my or my siblings’ youth. 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….- conflicting lyrics sites) everything, everything will be just fine, everything everything will be alright. love being a grammar nitpicker, but i also love breaking the rules for the sake of vernacular style.: george washington, first president of the united states (he had a fear of being buried alive). knowing when it’s correct to use ‘myself’, or being unaware that the ‘h’ in ‘historic’ should not be aspirated, and that therefore the word is preceded by an ‘an’ is really not all that dangerous. keeping with channel 40's policy of bringing you the latest in blood and guts and in living color, you are going to see another first — attempted suicide. quoted in a new biographical dictionary: containing a brief account of the lives and writings of the most eminent persons and remarkable characters in every age and nation (1805) by stephen jones. already widespread in the language (though still rejected as ungrammatical by some), this use of they, their, and them is increasing in all but the most conservatively edited american english.’ve always wondered why there were “elephant and castle” restaurants in the uk and some here in canada. she was beaten up by her husband but apparently he let her sleep on the bed…. from the same song there is also “tattoo detective” when it should be try to detect it. but i guess radiohead songs are prime mondegreen territory, right? i was a kid, i thought the lyrics to irene cara’s song “what a feeling” from the movie flashdance were “take your pants down and make it happen” instead of “take your passion and make it happen”… i was maybe 5, i didn’t know any better!“this is a clear case of how the english language is being butchered by americanisation. i was in second grade i thought god was this big gray being up in the sky, because of the lyrics we sang to “our country ’tis of thee… sweet land of liberty”. o god of truth, save me thy servant, who hopes and confides in thee alone; let thy mercy, o lord, be shewn unto me; in thee have i trusted, o lord, let me not be confounded for ever. about ‘they’ — it’s increasingly used as a gender-neutral pronoun, singular/plural issues notwithstanding. is an entire music video for ccr’s have you ever seen the rain on yourtube full of these. never understood why jimmy buffet always lamented, “i don’t know where i’m a gonna go to ball a cantaloupe. friend of a friend thought cat stevens’ “the first cut is the deepest” was “the first coming of jesus. i never saw the video where he motions to kiss noel, but i’ve seen a few where he motions and kisses upwards, trying to show that it’s sky and not guy after all. used to think it was “one of these days i’m going to get you in the name of jesus”. for some reason our choir teacher thought it would be good enough if us kids listened to the adult choir and learned the song by ear. unfortunatley there’s a lot of mistakes printed, and somtimes asking natives to explain, i get a lot of contradicting responses ? for years i imagined big bubbles trailing behind the sleigh. used to think “your to blame” in bon jovi’s shot through the heart was “your to late” still makes sense though. this one up to trying to sound intelligent, like the “myself” rule above. it makes me grind me teeth and want to punch the person who writes it. second is the backup singers on the segment of “who are you? drives me crazy to see bad grammar in blogs – i know i do it too, but it still drives me nuts!, and i believe “nerdery” is actually where you grow nerds. truss’ cute book, eats, shoots, and leaves is perfect on this point, though she does go on a bit longer than necessary. #2, the last few editions of the chicago manual of style have been neutral on the singular use of “they. and mangled language just doesn’t sound right – it offends my sense of aesthetics. examples that work in german only (sorry, guys):“i got the power” (snap) -> “agathe bauer”. words are: [and he] walks with me, [and he] talks with me.: on 29 september 1975, he was singing his hit song "lonely teardrops" when he suffered a massive heart attack on stage at the latin casino in cherry hill, nj. and a friend of mine used to belt out an ash song as, ‘eggnog with the cold wind blowing. the speaker is just an object put in the committee with the other objects. it’s ever-changing based on the needs and even whims of its users. is it weird that silkworms exist or is it weird that only the silkworm will do when it comes to silk and only the cotton plant when it comes to cotton? niece once sang, instead of “i’m a little butterfly”, “ang galing kong pumatay. “an historic” is easier to say if “historic” is pronounced correctly, but the wooden enforcement of the rule that an can only be used before a vowel has probably made it less common. such use is not a recent development, nor is it a mark of ignorance. although these may not be technically his last words, they were the last words heard by the public. case you’re wondering, my spelling and punctuation are uk style … a whole other blog post, maybe. i only recently learned that the song is actually about a transvestite. i think we can finally consider that a correct meaning.: said before being executed by firing squad following the defeat of his supreme leader, napoleon bonaparte.: last recorded words said to ned jarrett in an attempt to save him, and recorded by many of the witnesses just moments after his fatal wreck during the 1964 world 600. the only one i can recall at this is by shania twain. also thought sting was singing, “i’m a pool hall ace….’ve also noticed that the more intelligent a person believes himself to be, the more preposterous his use of words becomes.: said when he was about to be executed by a squad during the spanish civil war.: burke replied to the captain of pacific southwest airlines flight 1771, who inquired what "the problem" was after burke fired a gun in the cabin of the plane. all i can ask is that each of you look deeper into this case, so that you really will finally see the truth., and the axiom proves true yet again:“if you’re not pissing people off by talking about grammar, you’re not succeeding. whole “ye” thing is a misinterpretation in itself, due to the way that in old english they used a letter ‘thorn’ to represent the t and h of ‘the’ which looks similar to a y. rather than doing so, he fired a pistol (some versions say he threw a lit cigar — few firsthand witness accounts survive) into a barrel of gunpowder while saying "dan liever de lucht in" (which translates as, "rather to blow up, then"). spent most of my life (over 60 years) saying “for all intensive purposes” until one day when i was reading a novel and saw in print “for all intents and purposes” but i still trip over the phrase when i’m in a casual conversation!: paul mccartney paid homage to picasso in the song picasso's last words (drink to me), which can be found on the band on the run album.” i’m just stating what’s common, not what feels right to me. a couple of years ago they finally changed their internal guide and now pronounce “hiroshima” properly .@paul hancox, how beautiful is something like “they is an historian”? it isn’t i think, too much of a strain to see the history of our language in similar terms. brittany spears uses ‘literally’ to describe a non-literal situation, the audience understands that the roller coaster* going to hell is a metaphor… incorrect grammar is acceptable, shows personality, and makes you appear less of a douche… and it’s the grammatically correct people that end up looking like they’re “trying to appear smart” or impress people. if these wounds occurred in the initial burst of fire it is unlikely villa could have said anything.” by radiohead, i thought the “we ride tonight” part was “we want to know”.: christopher grace, an actor who killed himself during a matinee performance of grease. of this gets down to whether you’re speaking american english or some other form. moments later a bomb rigged to the ignition exploded, killing andrew and wounding his associate). not only will you look uneducated, you’ll also look absolutely hilarious. but i am wondering how i can ever use the term ‘mondergreen,’ i am pretty sure people will take it as an attempt to show off. my simple rule of thumb is “if it sounds like a vowel, use ‘an’… if it sounds goofy, use ‘a’. then one day one of my highschool teachers mentioned the coincidence that the song, while being about a car of the same name, was actually once used for sonic warfare in panama.. representative from the 11th district of massachusetts after his presidency.” the use of “myself” emphasizes the reflexive nature of the choice.@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. for life thus purchased we could not live out in dignity., what you term “subject/predicate disagreement” is increasingly accepted, to avoid the awkward acquiescence to political correctness of “he or she”/”his or her”. brother thought the lyrics to “pon de replay” by rihanna were “gimme a piece of gum” instead of “turn the music up”. she sang this one old hymn that had a line, “row me over the tide”. according to a guthrie family "joke," guthrie was listening to the recording when he died. used to think that the chorus of “1985″ said “waiting for nirvana” where it said “way before nirvana. last words of notable people: final words of more than 3500 noteworthy people throughout history.” in a sarcastic manner whenever someone says they literally [fill in the blank]. good ones, but the misuse of “literally” makes me (not-literally) want to pull out my hair. was around 1974 with paul simon’s kodoachrome (kodak slides) i’ve got a nikon camera i sang i got a knife and comb yet it made sense back when your under 10 years old. if i can’t write around the problem, i still use “he” unless i’m bound by a client’s guidelines. and jesus answering said unto him, suffer it to be so now: for thus it becometh us to fulfil all righteousness. the moist song, believe me, the lyrics are “i’ll take the note. so what people mean is, “can i have a half-gallon (container) of milk.* acceptable usage would be “an historical” or “an historic,” but “a history,” since in that case the first syllable is stressed. using the initial example, you’d come up with, “clearly, bob didn’t know what they were doing. we forgive those who tres (like spanish 3) pass against us. à one-horse open sleigh still sounds like fun although perhaps a tad less festive without the bubbles…. shakespeare, swift, shelley, scott, and dickens, as well as many other english and american writers, have used they and its forms to refer to singular antecedents.” use “he or she” or don’t be politically correct at all. 😉 thank you for bringing attention to such pressing matters as these. partner just stated “it is the idyosyncratic nature of english that gives it some vitality and character”. sometimes both interpretations will flip back and forth upon hearing the lines even still. i had a rant about some aspects of this topic myself just last week. friend thought the lyrics to the enya song “sail away” were instead “save the whales” :o). cousin got a wee jobbie at some place in town where they were using. thing to note is that “they” was used for about 400 years in several areas of the world including america as the universal pronoun before it fell out of usage. well, what i heard was, “roll me over the tie. it’s nice to see i’m not the only one who rants about these mistakes! since you brought up ellipses … i’ve noticed a habit i have of trying to force people to read my stuff the way i hear it in my head., it never ceases to amaze me how popular these grammar discussions are. i thought it was a nod the violence of the ancient romans. i suppose these ginks who argue that way hold that because the rich man gets ice in the summer and the poor man gets it in the winter things are breaking even for both. up i had the same pediatrician that my mother had as a child, dr. i agree with most of what you say, but i’m wondering where i was when it became more common to use “she” as the universal pronoun. mom” by some person (whose name has escaped me for some reason) always sounded like “mr. now, i know that it is a common phenomenon and it has a name.’s the incorrect use:“if i was rich, i’d buy lots and lots of pants., when used as in the example above, “myself” was used as an intensifier. i realised this was incorrect this year when it came on the radio while driving with my friends. on “winter wonderland” i thought one of the lines were:In the meadow we can build a snowman,And pretend that he is parched and brown…. work on points for style later – get the message across first. i suspect part of it is because they think it will catch your attention, which it does. friend of mine in high school, when this song first came out (oops! a person is slated with selecting the committee, then including oneself in the committee is a reflexive act. 6 year old son sang “she’s a fax machine” instead of “she’s a fast machine” in the ac/dc song “shook me all night long.’s go to the place out on the sunset strip. is an old one from when i was a kid, my sister & i came up with this when we were around 8 & 12, respectively. yet there are those who argue that everything breaks even in this old dump of a world of ours. know it sounds weird but if you listen it’s easy to mistake.’ and then spent the rest of the afternoon wondering why we were calling one of our valued customers ‘fatso’. her courage away, it should read: (eating her curds and whey).’s a joke takes a while and it’s on me [instead of]. some party song they played at a school dance, i was sure the words “jump on it, jump on it! isn’t it just screaming for an editor to fix it? in the end of “the itsy bitsy spider went up the water spout”, she would sing “out came the rain and dried the ball the rain. anyone else can probably tell, the words are “… riding high on love’s true bluish light…”. imagine if we all spoke the same language, fabulous as it is, as dickens?: chief warrant officer cliff "elvis" wolcott, pilot of black hawk helicopter super six one. gets me riled up is: “there’s two things to say about this. it seems to many that socrates considered death to be a relief, and thus was thanking the god for the service of killing him.… as far as using “he” or “she”… could it possibly be a better solution to simply use the pronoun that is your gender? it was more fun when nauseous just meant “inducing nausea” and people who said, “i’m nauseous” were just insulting themselves. question is just i’m curious with all the misinfo and so much the web is huge . the whole fucking world and everyone in it except you, carlotta. will kill your copy quicker than trying to always follow the rules here.: the first quote was a response as to whether he had any last words. it is our wish to be burnt immediately on the spot where i have carried out the greatest part of my daily work in the course of a twelve years' service to my people. can and should use “an” if the h is silent and the word starts with a phonetic vowel, like “an hour.“if a writer uses bad grammar, they will seem like monkeys. marking for the subjunctive has been on the way out for some time. i think it starts early; some teachers (and parents) aren’t taking the time to instill valuable lessons in basic grammar and vocabulary. i was about five, i asked my teacher how to spell “smorning. here would be correctly used in the subjunctive mood — a case in which what you’re saying is hypothetical. are 69 comments as i’m writing this, so forgive me if i’m repeating anyone. was the name of a boy who lived in the same building as vega. it is from the cure’s pictures of you and all my pals sang “whiter than snow,” when the lyric is:“remembering you running soft through the night.: roy westerfield, company comptroller for pacific engineering production company of nevada (pepcon) of henderson, nevada. always thought when i was in elementary school in the pledge it was “and to the republic for richard stanz” which now i know it “and to the republic for which it stands”..I am about to take my last voyage, a great leap in the dark. the middle of madonna’s like a prayer, one of my mates used to sing “level crossing” at the top of his voice, just as madonna was actually singing “let the choir sing”. furthermore, openly recommending the replacement of ‘he’ with ‘she’ on anti-sexist grounds is kinda repugnant. at the end of all the “i don’t wanna be” it sounds like “i don’t wanna be in this, you know”., the “literally” one kills me when i hear it, like fingernails on a chalkboard. even elton john’s “benny and the jets” gets screwed up with “electric boobs” when the real lyric is “electric boots. i agree with most of what you say, but i’m wondering where i was when it became more common to use “she” as the universal pronoun. but if you’re lax and make a bunch of simple errors, you’ll come across as stupid. both make sense and i’ve found both versions on the web. i have fought a hundred battles for france, and not one against her… soldiers! last words of fictional characters can be found in fictional last words.“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?’re worthless (worth it),And who quotes kenny rogers and avril lavigne in the same post? well i know what mice are, i just don’t know what plicity is. kevin blushed when my family reported that as a five-year-old, instead of singing “heaven is a wonderful place,” i sang, “kevin has a beautiful face. about in led zeppelin’s stairway to heaven,“and every wino down the road” instead of “and as we wind on down the road”? when i told my mom, she said what are you talking about? how thoughtful the ‘highway makers’ were to have those large, yellow, reflecting signs that read “p*ss with care,” and “do not p*ss” prominently placed for every driver and passenger to see!- “now watergate doesn’t bother me”- both from sweet home alabama, by lynyrd skynyrd. i can see all icicles in my way” (rather than “obstacles” in my way). first time i heard the song, i thought joe cocker said “give me a chicken for an air-o-plane”. used to think the lyrics to the acdc song “dirty deeds done dirt cheap” were “dirty cheese and the dunder chief,” instead of the true lyrics “dirty deeds and they’re done dirt cheap. for me, i’m sticking with the most common universal pronoun at present which is “he.: due to a severe respiratory infection, he was unable to speak for several days before his death.: santa anna was known to spend many long hours trying to decide what his last words would be; one can only speculate if this is what he had intended to say. i would giggle “every time” i heard her signing it. and the gang’s “celebrate good times”: “celebration time, come on!“and all this longing, and the sheeps all left to rust,” from what the water gave me by florence and the machine. to say, she was not happy with what she thought i was saying. word in a song that starts with a vowel or soft consonant often sounds like it starts with a d when preceded by the word and. never understood those words when my aunt sang them to me, and i always thought it was a nonsense song.- most listeners were under the impression that whitney houston sang, ‘i’m asking you ’cause you know about these things’ in ‘how will i know?.uncertainty about “he/she/it/they” and the words that go with them. husband always thought the three dog night song mama told me not to come was “i’m a toad in the tub”..and i pray to god he kills you” instead of, “. name is hooben…do you know what a “hoobenism” is?: the famous line "la tristesse durera toujours" ("the sadness will last forever") was spoken on his deathbed, but these were not actually his last words according to his brother, who was with him. is a clear case of how the english language is being butchered by americanisation. also went through kindergarden wondering why there were two ‘m’s in the alphabet.: i say the following is wrong:“i need to get bread, peanut butter, and jelly at the store.: before his execution on the 1st of june 1962 in jerusalem. i read down the list, thinking, “hehe, i know somebody who does that. is the famous boney m song ‘ballerinas of babylon’ and the christmas carol about the school ‘ding dong mary ellen high’. i say that because when i watched digimon as a young boy i-and everyone else who watched, too, by the way- that the final words of the song said, “digimon, digital monsters, digimon garlic champions”, when it’s probably “are the champions”. instead of “he sought me and bought me with his redeeming blood,” she sang, “he sought me and bothered me…”. i will not say ‘impacted’ when i mean ‘affected'” – among many other examples. one should always write with one’s audience in mind.“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. well i guess that song wasn’t as morbid as i thought”.: moments before the plant was engulfed in a massive explosion on 4 may 1988, he was talking to a fire department dispatcher over the telephone, when he shouted those words to fellow employee bruce halker, who was guiding other employees out of the building.: spoken to two clergymen who were trying to lead the famous deist in a deathbed conversion. additionally, a number of women who claim to suffer from “fireballs of the eucharist,” instead of the more commonplace fibroids of the uterus. likewise, i don’t understand how they can hear the same thing and not be on pitch. i just hope my enthusiasm made up for the fact that i should have been singing, ‘sing hosanna’.: sonia farah, mother of australian rugby football player robbie farah. but the more i listen closely, i started to realize that there was more than meets the ear.: georges danton, a leading figure in the early stages of the french revolution and the first president of the committee of public safety.: jodl made this statement before he was executed by hanging. she returned to find bogart in a coma, from which he never regained consciousness. spoonerism is when you swap the first letters of two adjacent words by mistake. i originally thought it was “do the leggy lady”, some kind of dance move perhaps.: john barrymore, an american actor on stage, screen and radio. she was just a young girl, my wife loved that scorpions song “raunchy like a hurricane”. there are plenty of other instances where history has not proven to be “best” in terms of grammar and vocabulary.” but betty’s “mairzy doats” lyrics above, that’s a classic; i bet that’s one of the most common modegreens there is. my sister was young, she asked me about bette midler’s song “one more round. mares eat oats, and does eat oats, and little lambs eat ivy, a kid’ll eat ivy to wouldn’t you?@christine your teachers probably meant use “an” before a mute “h”, the mute must not be coming across. hate to break this to you johnny, but i think you are literally in danger of sounding like an elephants butt (did i just make an incorrect use of ‘literally’ there? or are we hamsters” instead of the official “are we humans or are we dancers”. always liked how this made sense to me, for, as white as snow is, it is really really wide in how it covers everything…. wife, as a child, was certain it said, “you take a book, you take a bath, you take a look, and there you have the facts of life. as henry higgins reminds us in pygmalion, english is for all of us the language of shakespeare, milton and the bible. auditory senses do have a strange and strong effect on our comprehension.’s not that i’d argue with many of the points that johnny truant made. music theory professor admitted that she thought the words to the song by seal went, “kissed on the nose by a grape” instead of the correct, “kiss from a rose on the gray. 3-year old came home from nursery school excited to share a fun song she’d learned about a dog named bingo:B, i, n-g-o! révolution est comme saturne : elle dévore ses propres enfants. were probably a dozen others she came up with if i could only recall them all. there baby, i could use just a little head [instead of].: a reference from his then-unpublished novel billy budd, which was discovered on his desk after he died. concur with victor on “they,” as far as i can remembre, “they” is the right way to talk of a person of an unknown sex.“there’s nothing that a hundred men on mars could ever do” instead of the real line from the toto song, ‘africa’: “there’s nothing that a hundred men or more could ever do. they don’t understand that “he” can mean “he” or “she. honestly, i think a lot of people are missing the entire point of this post, and that’s the chimps are funny and used to be in that show “lancelot link, secret chimp. kara’s “flashdance”: “take your passion and make it happen.’s a blog post i wrote in september 2008:I recently heard a story on a national radio program that began with this line: “there’s tales, there’s tall tales, and then there’s super-sized tales. seconds later, dryden opened fire, killing collinson and injuring bbc reporter tony belmont and pc stephen campbell.: sandman collapsed on stage at the giardini del principe in palestrina, italy while performing with his band morphine, just after saying this to the audience.“santa claus” had it correctly, and you’re missing the point.” for years, she was confused about why they said that halfway through the song! hope this isn’t a repeat; i read as many of the above as i could to try to be sure it isn’t, but couldn’t read them all. the lord’s prayer, in addition to “harold be thy name” one of my young students would ask “deliver us from eagles” and in the creed thought jesus “suffered under qantas pilot”. during filming, the helicopter lost control, and fell on the actors. my first daughter was very small, i was putting her in her car seat after church and she was singing a hymn she had just heard. it was blassie's final public appearance before dying three weeks later. course, the lyric from manfred mann’s earth band’s cover of bruce springsteen’s “blinded by the light” comes to mind: “revved up like a deuce” being mistaken for “wrapped up like a douche. used to think the were saying, “this is the dawning of the angel aquarium” instead of “age of aquarius” in the song of the same name by 5th dimension. in “smooth criminal” by michael jackson my dad used to think it was “annie are you walking” instead of “annie are you ok”. usually, there’s not a lot of room for misinterpretation with its use and can paint amusing mental images.’s one: i came home from kindergarten one day, very exicted about having learned a new song: “little laurie had a luliah. in the beginning of the song he was sure he heard “pink pajamas, penguins on the bottom”. by the story tellers, by the loyalty, by the memory of those who honor him and make the running the man did live forever. thanks all you guys and the original writer… must bookmark! “cause i’m leavin here a better man, knowing you this way. partner just can’t work it out no matter how much explaining i do, not that he tries too much either and it is now quite a joke between the two of us. if badly modifies feel then it seems to imply you have problems emoting. who have no talent will quickly fall by the wayside. a kid i never wondered about what kind of underwear jesus wore. again, it is not necessary that the students always spell correctly. just as jesus christ was lied on and slandered, so i have been treated the same way.” earlier today, i remembered that for years i thought they were singing, “gimme gimme lovin’.’ instead of ‘you might think i’m bulletproof but i’m not! this one up to trying to sound intelligent, like the “myself” rule above. dear friend some times mistakes becomes so common that become part of writing.: joachim murat, king of naples sentenced to death for treason during the napoleonic wars. time our family was trying to figure out what the words were to “i’ll build a stairway to paradise” in “an american in paris”..Me: im blue i was beat i must die i was beat i must die i was beat i must die. einem kurzen weilchen, meine herren, sehen wir uns ohnehin alle wieder. when they were informed that they were condemned to death by the ural soviet of workers' deputies, his stunning reaction was his final word before he turned to the family and got shot to death in the chest; the rest of the family soon followed him in death. in fact, historically it was used so, and historically the plural issue was overlooked, so there’s really no good reason not to go back there now that ‘he’ as a universal pronoun is deprecated. i feel we can't go through another of those terrible times.: spoken to medical attendants when lifted onto a stretcher and seconds before he fell into a coma. also thought in muse’s song hysteria it said “its bugging near, crawling in, and twisting inside out” instead of its “its bugging me, grating me, and twisting me around”. i warn the british people against the crushing imperialism of the soviet union. no way i can make up for or take away the pain i have caused everyone who knew and loved them. daughter sang frosty the snowman…”with a corn cob pipe and a butt and nose…” ha! this earth will suffocate me, i implore you to have my body opened so that i will not be buried alive. any of you have a message for the devil, give it to me, for i am about to meet him! and do me real hard”, while the actual lyrics go “drive back, baby, to me, fast in your car.!” i knew i wasn’t right, but has no ideas what the actual lyrics were–ha! i can’t even agree that they aren’t helpful. junior high, my teacher always talked about donkey ho te, imagine my surprise when it was don quixote!: peter jennings, canadian-american journalist and news anchor; longtime host of abc's world news tonight. i’m always correcting him and can’t seem to explain it sufficiently.” and i felt this total kinship with the girl in the song, because i was like, “you know, the boys think i’m a spaz a lot, too, but i, too, can be unexpectedly cool.” (someone else corrected it as sunlight instead of sudden light. brother would always play eiffel 65′s “blue” on road trips. my two pet peeves are “your” when “you’re” is appropriate.: george sitts, convicted murderer before his electrocution in 1947 in south dakota. it upsets me, that the author of supposedly educational article lies about it. people continually say (note that i don’t say “ask”) things like “what can i say. maybe so, but i'll swear i can't see it that way. 4 yr niece came home from bible school singing, “jesus loves me, this i know, for the barbie tells me so.) dinner at her house might have been an interesting experience….: liscum's last words became the official motto of the 9th infantry regiment. just love it when a favourite maverick shows his anal side!” one lyric site translates it as, “in two fast guitars,” another one gives it as, “in two hard guitars. having no knowledge of the existence of any language other than english, let alone understanding any, what i heard was “kazoo type”. it was the first crash of a wide-body aircraft and, at the time, the deadliest in the united states.. sorry, can’t agree with you on your example here.” credit to my friend alex for offering me this as a possible lyric to this confusing song. as eddie izzard pointed out, it’s odd that bees make honey: ‘after all,’ he said, ‘earwigs don’t make chutney. (or should that be, “how popular are these grammar discussions”). written or typed, as moran, due to throat cancer, had lost the ability to speak two months prior. i avoid it and don’t flinch too much i hear it; but when i see it written i’m not impressed. reports have his last words being "now, now, brothers, break it up, be cool, be calm. marking for the subjunctive has been on the way out for some time. but after a while even the most pedantic just have to let go. iggy azalea’s song “black widow” my boyfriend thought the line “i’m gonna love you like a black widow, baby! i used to think that it said in chelsea’s name-o,(like bingo was his name-o). he began repeatedly chanting this phrase as soon as the lethal injection drugs were pumped into his system; in the middle of his fourth repetition, he fell unconscious, dying soon after.: spoken after being shot by aaron burr in a duel. you may think “impacted” medically, but i don’t think it’s the first thing that comes to mind for most people. does it say “one of these days i’m going to dance with the evil queen or prince or pretty much anything else in your head at the time.'ve had a hell of a lot of fun and i've enjoyed every minute of it. hayes, 19th president of the united states, speaking of his late wife. my uncle, as i now understand, had kidney stones and needed to ‘relieve himself’ frequently. while lead singer, james reyne was reasonably well spoken, as soon as he commenced to sing, he veered between a continuous mondegreen on the one hand and complete unintelligibility on the other. a beverly cleary novel, young ramona quimby believes the sstar spangled banner proclaims, “jose can you see, by the dawnzerly lights. brahms which also cites the lennon biography, john ono lennon volume 2, 1967-1980 by ray coleman ).: george beard, an american neurologist who popularized the term neurasthenia. my favorite that i’ve read on here is “lovely luminous, stealthy sun, acting like poison, summer has gone” hilarious! has been said that education is expensive, but not as expensive as ignorance. may sound very different to you, but to a complete outsider there will probably be far more similarities than differences. a friend named their band after one of them misinturperted the lyrics: slow motion walter. there, i discovered your website via google at the same time as searching for a related topic, your website got here up, it seems good. he refused and stated what were to be his last words., my sister’s name aftyn originated from a mondegreen of.. a spoonerism is when you mix up the initial letters of words – for example, saying “queer old dean” instead of “dear old queen. sure enough “sing with me, sing through the tears…” and then a year later when i saw aerosmith in concert for the first time. a 4 year old i listened to music daily and sang everything i heard. there’s a line that i appreciated ‘cristalena happens to the boys, but not me’. always thought on the pledge of allegiance ” for which it stands” for. regularly copyedit legal treatises (in which there are a lot of block quotes, preceded by language like “justice scalia reasoned” or “according to the case law” — and then the author will use a colon after “reasoned” or “law”). beyonce’s “single ladies” first came out, my 4 year old niece thought the lyrics “all the sigle ladies” were actually “all the cigarrettes! "god's own country" has long been a nickname for new zealand. i’m looking forward to some downtime, when i’ll have a chance to read through everyone’s comments. some bloggers insist that grammar is not that important, but that a little bad grammar shows their personality. it sounds fine and makes perfect sense to everyone reading it. it may seem funny to you if you’re outside that group, but often it is offensive to those within the group. wife is very good at putting me to sleep just by rubbing my hands… be strong my darling…. you probably just forgot the proper lyrics, and when you read this you’ll be saying… “oh, yah! without knowing it therefore, heroic ciceronian clausulae and elaborate tacitan litotes can always be found in the english of people like me. one perhaps reverse mondegreen that i’m surprised to find missing is “isle of view”, the name of an album by the pretenders. he was about 4 years old, my little brother would walk around the house doing a pigmeat markham imitation.: valerie was the name of his wife at the time of his death.


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” he really sings, “rocket man burning out his fuse up here alone.: liaquat ali khan, first prime minister of pakistan, spoke to the nation before being shot. and i just wanted to add some of the lyrics i funnily “heard” when i first listen to it a long time ago…. furthermore, “he” is often used in a gender neutral way, just as “man” and “mankind” are used in a gender neutral way. i think this is the most interesting mondegreen i’ve ever heard about (it was explained on npr some years ago at christmas time):Originally the first day of christmas was sung. if i was half as smart as you, i wouldn’t need to read this blog, but an historian once said they believe in continuing education for all!: im leavin here a better man knowin you this way things i couldnt do before now i know i can and im leavin here a better man. you can find it on youtube where he sings it like that with a smirk on his face. people, i tried to read all your comments, but really.: thomas aquinas, philosopher, theologian and jurist in the tradition of scholasticism.: james lawrence, later used as naval ensign by his friend commodore perry. you listen to the song it sounds so much like the latter. enjoy, and please @ me any really egregious ones you guys see! sabbath “i tell you to end your life” is really “i tell you to enjoy life”. 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’. but, the discussions above about sometimes yes, sometimes no make the most sense. character was removed from the alphabet but is still used every day? how they feel to us now tells us whole stories of our ancestors.: on 20 june 1991, collinson was supervising the demolition of a bungalow that had been built by albert dryden without planning permission. staley's body wasn't found by police until two weeks after his death.: sari was a finnish actress who died by falling down a chimney during a party.: thomas had accidentally ingested a lethal dose of her husband's syphilis medicine, composed of the poisonous compound mercuric bichloride.” that seemed to describe very well our lives on board ship. song cupid by sam cooke,Until i was 12 i thought he was singing “hubert”. what do you mean, “ain’t” ain’t acceptable any more?” if you listen to it, you’ll hear the extra syllable that he adds to the word sue. just did a little research, which i should have done before asking my question!. confusing possessives and contractions, as in “its” and “it’s”. my mother laughed, and told me it was “stroke me, not stunt man.: claus von stauffenberg, seconds before being executed by a nazi firing squad for his role in an attempt on the life of adolf hitler. feel as if up to now i had written no more than a few notes.” still hear it my way even though i finally learned the correct words. 1795 there was a push for gender neutral pronouns worldwide, not just in america and the other countries mentioned above. many held the belief that using a masculine pronoun for the universal pronoun was sexist, and didn’t want to risk insulting women. contemporary dictionaries state that “because” is a conjunction, perhaps that’s because it’s usage has changed. old friend thought the buckingham’s song, “kind of a drag” was singing “canada dry”. i was a kid there were public service announcements that warned “tb strikes every seven seconds. it might seem less strange if you think of “yes, please” as a complete thought but think of “yes, thank you” as two thoughts: “yes” = an answer to your question, plus “thank you” as something tagged on to express gratitude for the offer.: mary i of england, related to her husband and the loss of calais to france. i was going to mention ‘bring’ and ‘take’, but i have written previously about these two words.: as quoted by his family, prior to his death from pancreatic cancer. old daughter called my sister a “whore”, which she pronounced without “r”s.) and they pronounced it without the “l” and the class had:(i put ‘ed’ there b’cause eg.: napoleon bonaparte, french military leader and emperor who conquered much of europe in the early 19th century.! i’ve been following your website for a long time now and finally got the bravery to go ahead and give you a., myself, believe that if i were to spend an hour or two thinking of all the grammatical pet peeves that i have, the list would be practically endless. i used to remind aspiring writers to be offended every time they saw a “drive slow” sign.) responding to the shoutings of the hooded hangmen, “muqtada, muqtada, muqtada,” in reference to muqtada al-sadr, the powerful and radical shi'ite cleric who is a major power behind shi’ite prime minister nouri al-maliki [13]. heard the latter was an abbreviation court clerks used to represent for unlawful carnal knowledge. with the war going on strong, and lots of warplanes, i was apparently influenced pretty much because i always said it “suffered unconcious pilot”. i don’t mean to sound posh, but my best alternative there would be “myself”, as it originally was. that was over 30 yrs ago, so maybe as a child, i didn’t understand the lesson. the subject/predicate agreement is by far the most tricky grammar problem to consistently fix. and now i just found out it is neither, it is “ooh rump of smooth skin! a long time i thought the song “please don’t stop the music” was about weasels.“row, row, row your boat, gently down the street” and so i have wondered, why is there a street in a song about rowing a boat? then there’s the abuse, overuse, and misuse of “basically.. 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. “if you don’t know leroy brown, you will, never ever know me….: huey long, "the kingfish", american politician, governor of and senator from louisiana. disagree with him, for this reason:In english, there are some situations where the a very strict interpretation of the rules results in more confusion, not less. am trying to communicate a very specific message, and anything that undermines my communication is defeating my object. “i,” remove the extra people involved and it’ll become obvious that it’s not right. for ‘myself’, well, yes, it’s too often used inappropriately by people who think that they’re much too important to be merely ‘me’. should be guns n’ roses knocking on heaven’s door. murphy – my girl wants to potty all the time (the correct word is “party”, but the song was popular when my little girl was potty-training, and the word stuck).“number disagreements are irritating to solve your copy ends up being overrun with awkward ‘he or she’s. in the first line, i thought it said “i want you to love me like i’m a hot ride,” another friend thought it said “like i’m a hot guy,” and finally, my last friend thought it was “i want you to love me like i’m a hot pie. that it’s a winter’s day, is it “you know the preacher liked the cold”? i disagree, though because the rest of the things in that song were nature-y. some reason “just an earthbound misfit” from pink floyd’s learning to fly always came out as “just an earthbound biscuit” for me.“stop driving my… stop driving my… stop driving my car around!! i can’t breate right now, i’m laughing so hard!@johnny- “stay tuned for my next controversial post, “what’s wrong with every race and religion. when i was little i thought the line “right about now, the funk soul brother” was “right down now, the funk is so rubber”. i like to illustrate my point with the following sentence, “meanwhile, in the back of the classroom, a student belched quiet!: freddie mercury, lead singer of the british rock group queen., i thought this was a comment box, not a canvas. or that i’d disagree with his central proposition, which seems to be that you’ll be taken more seriously if you write correctly. i was in middle school, my friends and i noticed a girl that we knew singing “everything zen” by bush out loud while listening on her cassette player (yes, i said cassette player to anyone out there born after the 80′s). their two young children were eventually adopted by songwriter abel meeropol. “oh say can you see, by the dawnzer lee light…”.: this comment was directed towards her housekeeper who began to pray aloud.: spoken over his plane's cvr, moments before it splashed into santa monica bay, killing him and his wife kathleen. tell fidel that this failure does not mean the end of the revolution, that it will triumph elsewhere. i couldn’t figure out who richard stanz was, but i knew he was surely very important. truant is the author of how to be legendary: a realistic guide to being the superhuman you're supposed to be, the awesome (and free) next logical step if you enjoyed this post. hendrix – for “s’cuse me while i kiss the sky” i always heard “s’cuse me while i piss the sky”. i know i’m guilty of sounding like a chimp sometimes. the song must have been from the ’50′s cause the original lyric goes like this, “put on your sneakers and slacks and just relax”., try telling gwen stefani’s fans that ‘were’ is the correct word to use in a subjunctive mood. someone would pull a mondergreen and i would say ‘hey that was a mondergreen’ and they will not have any clue, i’ll explain and the joke will just melt somewhere. finding nemo, the little baby octopus, seahorse, and fish say butt instead of boat.: he was co-founder of the ("storm battalion"; sa) and was among a number of nazi officials who were suspected of conspiring against adolf hitler.’ my mum was singing it the other day and here’s what she came out with:‘go get your chauffer, and we’ll dig a deep hole, to bear with the custard. i do think myself has developed an emphatic role which i can sometimes tolerate, but most times it sounds stupid.“her legs pread out before me”…is really “were laid spread out before me”. into tyhe song the voice say’s “one of these days i’m going to cut you into little pieces”. thought in back in black it was “back on the crack” instead of “back on the track”. or that i’d disagree with his central proposition, which seems to be that you’ll be taken more seriously if you write correctly.“there is no pain, you are receding,” sings david gilmour in pink floyd’s song ‘comfortably numb’. i have actually been singing some of the same wrong yrics as you have all these years. paramore’s song, ‘brick by boring brick,’ there’s a line in the chorus that goes, ‘go get your shovel, and we’ll dig a deep hole to bury the castle. 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. in point: a dave chapelle skit years ago brought the comic to the bronx to ask inner-city kids the name of the last barbara streisand movie that they had seen… my favorite response: “i don’t know, the way we was or somethin’. friend thought the song by glen campbell was i’m a nine stone cowboy lol.: i feel sleepy, a short time of rest would do me good. after the drugs began to take effect he asked this final question. once made a mistake thinking that an amy winehouse song went: “they tried to make me go to rehab”.@marc you are right that it should be ‘johnny and i are reviewing grammar’ as ‘johnny and i’ are the subject of the verb. in addition to some of their usage, there is the matter of how they pronounce many words. oscar wilde, and there have been few greater and more complete lords of language in the past thousand years, once included with a manuscript he was delivering to his publishers a compliment slip in which he had scribbled the injunction: “i’ll leave you to tidy up the woulds and shoulds, wills and shalls, thats and whiches &c., i wanted to say that finding a good solution for a universal pronoun is difficult for many. springsteen’s dancing in the dark is one of the most misheard songs of all time, purposely.. i will join you in strangling anyone who does this. i guess a lot of people will be double checking their comments before pressing the submit button. “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. it’s like fingernails on a chalkboard when i hear it used wrong.: the transmission from the columbia cut out mid-sentence shortly before the shuttle disintegrated during earth interface.“she’s a must to avoid” from herman’s hermits ‘must to avoid’ was always ‘she’s a muscular boy’ to me. we’re all in the same pot, when talking about which gender is guilty. as you say, once or twice is acceptable, any more and my interest is lost.: spoken to his granddaughter, who was about to send for a doctor. thought the child’s grandfather had died, and i pictured him politely asking this question of a group of men sitting around outside, smoking long-stemmed pipes (no idea where this image came from). when a word comes about from a mistaken pronunciation, it’s called a mondegreen. the kid ends it by saying, “in the name of the father and of the son and in the hole he goes”., and thank you russ for the note about unaccented first syllables., that is not a reflexive use unless you could “job yourself”. an example of actual reflexive use would be “i bathed myself. last words according to luke 23:46 : "and when jesus had cried with a loud voice, he said, father, into thy hands i commend my spirit: and having said thus, he gave up the ghost. ol’ classic, “mareze doats and doze doats and little lamze divey, a kidelle divey ii, wood nut and you?, now i must go to meet god and try to explain all those men i killed at alamein..* but the one i always remember was the theme song to. when using the word “there’s” – the contraction for “there is” – some writers are failing to consider the number of the subject that follows the singular verb “is. other day i used ‘they’ to refer to a singular person, and he cut in with, “uh uh uh, that’s unproper grammar, mama. i know the term for it thanks for teaching me mondegreen. problem i have is when people act like that so-called “standard english” is the only way one should ever speak (even though, i guarantee, they do not speak it all the time, either, unless they define “standard english” and simply “the way i talk” — which isn’t far from the truth in some cases). we memorized the 23rd psalm in grade 3 and i was well into my 20s before i realized it was not “shirley, goodness and mercy” that would follow me all the days of my life. every source i checked seemed to have a different opinion.” it is a noun, the object of the past sentence.: william mckinley, 25th president of the united states, assassinated in 1901. anyway, i thought that it ended in “having read the news” and thought it was a great tie-in to the rest of the song, the narrator having been somehow enlightened by “the news”, whatever that is a metaphor for, to the point at which they stand out from the crowd and do things differently. once had a jam session with some guy who started off queen’s “another one bites the dust” with “another one rides the bus. used to think that the lady with bette davis eyes could make a crow blush.: alex, african grey parrot used in comparative psychology research at brandeis university. we all just looked at her in shock and then cracked up…my husband blurts out “she watches a lot of cops”.: those were bundy's last words before being executed in the electric chair. i always wondered why p got singled out for special attention.: eddie slovik, the only us soldier shot for desertion during world war ii. she sang to me all the time when i was young. are we gonna call self-driving cars if “automobile” is already taken? tell graduate students now that that last comma is a matter of taste, but i still use it.: joseph lucas, "the prince of darkness", founder of lucas industries, manufacturer of automotive electrical components such as alternators, headlights, etc. wonder about the use of “whether or not” in the following sentence, though:“whenever you use ‘literally,’ stop and think about whether or not what you’re saying is actually true, in those exact words. rascals’s “groovin’ ” did not say; “life would be ecstasy, you and me and leslie … groovin’ “, but “life would be ecstasy, you and me endlessly . every one of my friends was similarly duped and just as surprised when i revealed the truth. the above is the last confirmed radio transmission to her headquarters before vanishing. of my favorites is from the joke about the little kid who’s pet cat dies.’d like to be a purist and agree with you on “he/she” vs. of these invented pronouns are:S/he the singular pronoun for she or he. it sounds slightly different from guantanamera but at least it’s something we can understand in english. certainly it's been a long time, and i hope it goes without saying that a journalist who doesn't value deeply the audience's loyalty should be in another line of work. friend thought neil diamond was singing “for reverend bluejeans” instead of forever in blue jeans.” we still sing it the way he used to when we catch it on the radio every now & then, just for a cute little chuckle! instead of “with liberty and justice for all,” i said “frog” and i didn’t understand why everyone else in my class finished the sentence slower than me. is it a gerund, and if so, can a gerund function as an adverb, since “fishing” answers the question “where? thing to note is that “they” was used for about 400 years in several areas of the world including america as the universal pronoun before it fell out of usage.: gangster antonio mancini when albert pierrepoint had put the noose on his neck. finally, i really enjoy dave matthews band, own all their studio albums and a number of their live recordings, and have even gone to a couple of their concerts.: tallulah bankhead, an american actress of the stage and screen, and a reputed libertine.: these words he had said in a delirium before expiring. i could kill a dozen men while you're screwing around! not sure on the “they” thing… will check into it. had they written out “a historic” i have no doubt they would have added the “n” the same way their grandson adds it to “a html editor. “he” is and always has been the default, going back to the bible. harding, 29th president of the united states, to his wife, who was reading him flattering newspaper accounts. of the tiger by survivor, is it thrill of the fight or cream of he fight. gray’s “i try”: “i blow bubbles when you are not there. but after a while even the most pedantic just have to let go. am close to death from the blow a political assassin… struck me down in my room.. pointed out something totally retarded that i did wrong (other than phil, but if i did do that wrong (see below), it’s at least not a really obvious error, or.” she had, of course, heard crystal gayle singing “don’t it make my brown eyes blue? the more you read a certain language being used correctly, the more likely you will use it correctly as well. writing can be invisible, and if that’s your personal goal then there’s nothing wrong with that, but should? also think that blogging in particular is a forgiving medium and can be more casual. grandma told me that when she was a child, she boldly sang the old hymn,“the consummated cross i bear” as.’s a line in – the bangles – eternal flame – that goes…’life so lonely and then you come and ease the pain ‘ …i used to sing ‘ rice-o-roni’ instead of life so lonely. also thought another one bites the dust by the bee gees was “another one bites the doctor”. last statement recorded on the spacecraft's cockpit voice recorder, less than half a second before the shuttle disintegrated.‘anyone’ is singular, so if i really wanted to be “proper” i would have used ‘his or her’ to substitute ‘their’. the way, i have a feeling that the reference to chimps was probably made in humour and not intended to cause offence. me of those two songs i thought they said the f word in when i was in elementary. it just appears to be my experience that “he” is used more commonly. if you were to leave out “my sister and” it would be “that belongs to me”, therefore the correct word is “me”.: although nobody knows exactly how kuribayashi died, these are the final lines of his last message to imperial headquarters. make sure you always proof (2 or 3 times) whatever you’re getting ready to publish. at my school sing this:“australia all let us ring joyce, for she is young and free”. strunk & white say it should, and those are some bad mother…shut your mouth! friend thought alanis morrisette said ‘the cross-eyed bear that you gave to me’. but as to myself i seem to have been only a boy playing on the seashore and diverting myself in now and then finding a smoother pebble or prettier shell than ordinary, whilst the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me. i’m sorry to hear of your hearing of the bad news and very happy to hear of the negative test results . copyblogger covered some situations a while back where you can (and should) bend the rules, because the confusion it would otherwise cause is greater., it'll be 150, forest lawn cemetery, in the back of a ford pickup. thought in michael jackson’s “wanna be starting something” when they say “you’re the best of both” that they were saying “you’re a vegetable. (there’s a pun there waiting to come out, but i haven’t the energy at the moment., 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. very good friend of mine, an english teacher, used to tell me that there was no such thing as correct spelling, for precisely the same reason – that language is constantly evolving. wouldn’t be appropriate for them to do it in front of a national market, but it wouldn’t be appropriate to accuse them of pretentiousness in the act of correcting it. mother used to sing “everything i do (i do it for you)” by bryan adams when i lived in cuba and when bryan says “you know it’s true ….… and i would like to know what bastard killed the serial comma?@ mike, who said “if you understand the idea that the person is trying to communicate, then the language has served it’s purpose :)” hm….: australian bush ranger ned kelly as he was hanged in the melbourne jail on november 11th 1880.: benito mussolini just as he was shot by a partisan leader. he asked his girlfriend to cook him breakfast, but she complained and that made him angry. agree with you on all points, with the exception of “an historical. the longest time i thought elo’s “eee-eeevil woman” was “med-ieval woman,” i still can’t hardly tell the difference in the chorus. shortly afterward, the plane crashed into the ground, killing all onboard including dillard. in your example, the antecedent of the plural pronoun “they” is the singular noun “person. up my brothers and i always hear cher’s “gypsys, tramps and theives” as “gypsy’s chimpanzees”.. my oldest, as a two-year-old thought in beauty and the beast that belle.: virginia woolf, author, in her suicide note to her husband. said, generally speaking, here in the us people generally seem use adjectives instead of adverbs.“rona (crying) chahey (want), ro (cry) nuh (not) paey (get)”.” before waynes world used it and you looked the lyrics up.” i actually once made a friend through this because we had both developed the same mondegreen and had been singing it the same way for years.: spoken to a fellow officer while in a trench during world war i, for fear the smoke would give away their positions; he was then shot by a german sniper who had heard the remark. and elton john’s benny and the jets had “electric boobs and a mohawk, too” instead of “electric boobs and a mohair suit. she used to sing “bringing in the sheets” for “bringing in the sheeves.’s much more fun to sing the stevie wonder song “all i do is think about food” than “all i do is think about you”. could also be ‘it all’(x3) from adele’s rolling in the deep as ‘in all’. some great ones here, like “and to the republic for richard stands” — hilarious!: first officer richard hazen, valujet 592, last recorded words before crashing into the everglades due to in-flight fire on may 11, 1996. other is fortification under consent of the king, which dates back to a time when sex,except betwixt married persons, was illegal . 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.’s the til tuesday song, “voices carry”, which actually sounds like “mrs kerry”. it most certainly is the ap that marks out the final comma of a list, but only in certain situations.: spoken to the nurse who told her she would die when the reason god put her on earth was fulfilled. six-year-old is great for these:Lyrics for blake shelton’s ‘she wouldn’t be gone’ read:“now i’m cursin’ like a fool,Prayin’ it ain’t too late,All i wanna do is fix my mistakes. is definitely “me”, as you would never say “the committee will consist of i. of my friends always thought that “my bonnie lies over the ocean, my bonnie lies over the sea” was “my body lies over the ocean, my body lies over the sea. know this a few weeks later, rick, but the “honors flieses” song is from a 1945 fred macmurray film called “murder, he says. song “rocket man”, by elton john, i always thought he sang, “burnin down the field with carol’s bones. i thought was quite reasonable seeing as we aren’t faulty goods and ducks would be hazards in a bathroom. of course, there was much less history in the 1960’s. for example:If i were a cat, i would nap all day.“…so if you’re using it a lot, you’re probably using it wrong. all intensive purposes, i hardly never sound like a chimp. my daughter was small and we sang “when the roll is called up yonder”, she alwasys sang “when the rollies crawl up yonder:” she was referring to the little bugs that roll up into a ball. he was propped up against a tree and, for want of a crucifix, he was confessed with his sword. 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. i’m sooooo glad i never shared that with my elders until i was old enough not to be punished for saying those words! according to friend and fellow cast-member hal linden, these were soo's last words before being taken to surgery for cancer of the esophagus. friends and i were having an argument about the song “only girl in the world” by rihanna.: mustafa kemal atatürk, a turkish army officer, revolutionary, and the first president of turkey., try telling gwen stefani’s fans that ‘were’ is the correct word to use in a subjunctive mood. budd dwyer, treasurer of the commonwealth of pennsylvania, before he placed the barrel of a . in 1998, me and a group of friends were watching the video for “why don’t you get a job” and at one point, the character from the pretty fly video comes marching out, and my one friend goes, “look, it’s wayne! fear; if you will but have patience i don't doubt we shall get through; but take care how you ever get in such a scrape again. i tell them they probably shouldn’t be emailing about what they do to themselves in that reflexive manner. it makes it seem like i am bragging and is just filling up space with no need for it. mother heard me singing the song one day and thought i was saying, “all i need is pierre that breathe yes i love you. whatever i thought it was, it’s not like it made sense anyways.: he died from multiple organ failure at fatebenefratelli hospital in milan, italy at age 82. liscum, commander of the 9th infantry regiment, directing his troops after being fatally wounded during the battle of tientsin in china, 1900. i think it pays to understand what you can, learn when you’re able, and to try to diligently proof your own stuff. so now tom, darren, and myself will have to come up with something totally better! comes from the reverend spooner, who was always doing it, much to the amusement of his congregation.” when (a) i didn’t recognise the name and (b) i obviously had no idea how to break the sounds up into words (i said, “mulloch? the blast fractured his skull and caused a massive brain hemorrhage. truant is the creator of zero to business: a ridiculously simple guide to turning your online business from tech headache to profit center and almost certainly made at least one idiotic grammatical mistake above., i must admit i am a little nervous to leave a comment that will be full of bad grammar and punctuation. of course, the words have to be pronounced correctly, something most americans seem incapable of.: said after he fell backwards and hit his head on the ice after being checked and lost consciousness, and died two days later. particularly bland australian national anthem has a line: “our home is girt by sea” ie. is it a gerund, and if so, can a gerund function as an adverb, since “fishing” answers the question “where? thirty years i thought the beatles song ‘penny lane’ was ‘and elaine’ until i recited my version to a music store salesperson in front of a line of waiting customers. misuse of “literally” bugs the heck out of me too.” weirdly, i recently saw this joke used in a movie, but my friend actually thought that for her entire childhood. the song ends with a chirpy “morning win”, but every single time i hear ” morning wood”. i can think of a lot more, including commonly misspelled words, so you may have just inspired me to write my own blog post on the fine arts of a grammar freak. then i realized you capitalized humble and understood you were saying you are in humble, tx. i realize that this is more for emphasis, yet people use it to sound poetic, sophisticated. but if you said the incorrect “snuck,” they don’t even notice., “hopefully” has been used in that “wrong” sense since the early 1700s and to call its use “rampant” is almost an understatement!” by then, my dad was exasperated and said, “well i don’t care who it is, tell him to turn it down. in the day my poor old aunty would sing along to the go-gos, alex the seal. to me, drink to my health, you know i can’t drink any more.: justice send these as a text message to his mother before he was shot by the gunman. new examples from our time might take some getting used to: ‘he actioned it that day’ for instance might strike some as a verbing too far, but we have been sanctioning, envisioning, propositioning and stationing for a long time, so why not ‘action’? dear friend some times mistakes becomes so common that become part of writing., i would just like to say i'm sailing with the rock, and i'll be back, like independence day with jesus. het refrein is hein: leven en sterven in een verpleeghuis.: felipe carrillo puerto, mexican revolutionary, governor of yucatán (executed).: spoken to fellow hotel guests, as he was wheeled through the foyer by paramedics.” i always want to ask if we’re supposed to go out the windows. i wouldn’t want anyone to burn me at the stake..The director of the hockey games i used to televise was the king of mondy green – he would break into song over the intercom, but i can’t recall him ever getting 100% of the words right!, there’s this song called “chicarron, macarron” (i think–don’t know who it’s by) it’s really funny! miss her so much, i want to be with carrie.” i might be wrong about this, but i’m pretty sure “since” should be used in a cause and effect example, and “as” should be used as a time reference.) or when kids can’t say words properly (my nephew used to call his trampoline the “pantrolie”)?: as he lay dying, his daughter suggested that if he lay on his side, he could breathe easier. i understand that purists (not a prejudicial term) don’t like it. – yes, i’m familiar with the colon rule (from cmos, i think), and i see that “error” all the time.@andy wood : i get the gist of your post and mostly agree.'m not going to waste no time talking about my lifestyle, my case, my punishment.“i went fishing” is a simple declarative subject (i) verb (went) object (fishing) sentence. though the gun had no magazine in it, kath was unaware that a bullet was already in the chamber; he was killed instantly.: humphrey bogart, an american screen actor who performed in iconic 1940s films noir such as the maltese falcon, casablanca, and the big sleep.: the second line would’ve been so much better if it had been written “a kiddley divey doo, wooden chew? you’re ever in doubt, try to say:“the committee will consist of myself. i don’t think i’m hearing it wrong…what do you think? which may be why i never try to humiliate anyone else when they do. i do stuff like that occassionally when singing songs if i am familiar with both versions. try it out at least twice a day till it feels natural.: this was his response when his physician inquired about his food. little sister believes “helter skelter” (by the beatles) is actually hell’s a scandal. i wrote a sketch about this years and years ago and if you know it, you’ll have to forgive the similarities between what i found to be a source of humour and what i am now apparently taking seriously.” after hearing “she drives me crazy” by fine young cannibals. author of common sense, the rights of man and the american crisis. i was a teenager, i thought the like “i won’t put my hands up and surrender” in the song “white flag” by dido was “i won’t poke my eyes out and surrender. it’s like a mass mailing where you fully expect a tiny percent return or success rate (0. different versions have him answering or not in different manners, some state he said he was john lennon. of “pour some sugar on me”, i thought it was “pour some shook-up ramen. alternatively, you can alternate “she” and “he” in different instances throughout your copy.”…well, i’d probably have enough change to get a large tea and a coffee cake at starbucks.: ohad was aboard el al flight 1862, which crashed into a dutch apartment complex on october 4, 1992.“soul of christ sanctify me” was usually mistaken when i was young as “soul of christ sat beside me” which is a little creepy. last words of notable people: final words of more than 3500 noteworthy people throughout history. here’s a couple from my family experience:A daughter wanted to sing the “donzer song”. an example of actual reflexive use would be “i bathed myself. know the lyrics are ‘scuse me while i kiss the sky’ in jimi’s song, but i saw in person jimi lean into his bass player noel redding at the first miami pop festival (actually at the hollywood race track in florida in 1968) and clearly sing ‘scuse me while i kiss this guy.: the last known words that were spoken at the end of a video blog posted on her youtube account.” never could figure out why there would be lions in the phone building.: rahaman ali, a former heavyweight boxer, was muhammad ali's younger brother. if i was a real writer, i wouldn’t make these mistakes. dad’s convinced that “it’s rotting out my teeth” from “geek, stink, breath” by green day is “it’s rotting out my d___” even though i showed him the lyrics from the original cassette. try it out at least twice a day till it feels natural. did someone say at the end of the game when they finally gave up? the subject/predicate agreement is by far the most tricky grammar problem to consistently fix. if i was half as smart as you, i wouldn’t need to read this blog, but an historian once said they believe in continuing education for all! of various accounts of che guevara's death at george washington university. your point about using a common before the ‘and’ in a list, i remember my english professor telling us about a lawsuit over a will.’ve got my own pet peeves, too:* “i would of” instead of “i would have”. a good angry point – the american dictum ‘one nation under god’ sardonically replaced with a comment about britain’s unenviable position as the closed circuit television capital of the world.” if the stress is on the second syllable, you use “an,” as in “an historic. and then, much to my chagrin, you committed one of my own pet peeves in comment #19.” or “i’ll have half a gallon of milk, please” in a polite society that uses english correctly.: she and her husband julius were executed in 1953 in the electric chair at sing sing prison for treason, having been convicted of passing information to the soviet union concerning the construction of the atomic bomb. i liked my version, since the song was talking about reagan, and sometimes he could come across like we needed to plug him in before he would function. you’re not diddling pensioners out of their life savings, there’s no reason for anyone to think of you as slimy. there is language, the human capacity – ‘competence’ as chomsky calls it, the game of language – and there is utterance, the actual instance of its use – this sentence for example. until recently, i too thought there was “a bathroom on the right” rather than a “bad moon on the rise”. example, “he” is not gender neutral, “she” is not either, and “he or she”, “s/he” or any of that gets pretty tedious. to quote henry fowler (1926), subjunctives are “antiquated survivals of pretentious journalism, infecting their context with dullness. (good lord, those last two lines sound insane when i read them back in my head.’s a fine time to leave me, lucille, “four hundred children” and a crop in the field. verse from that little ditty was “i shot the sheriff, but i did not shoot the deputy.“johnny and i are reviewing grammar”… not “johnny and me”.’ve been lurking for a very long time, but i’ll stop lurking & lend my support.: abraham lincoln, 16th president of the united states, as quoted in famous last words‎ (1961) by barnaby conrad.: said before she got in her car to go home. it has been relatively stable even since ancient latin times. i live and work at home, so, if i were at work, i would also be was at work. sang “fingerprints that leave me covered for days” from little mix’s dna as “fingerprints that leave me cold for days. so, when we would sing jesus loves me, ‘this i know,’ i just figured that ‘thisino’ was one of those complicated music terms i didn’t understand.” i still like “lack of time here” more than “glad that i’m here.: wolcott's helicopter was shot down by an rpg during the battle of mogadishu. isn’t it just screaming for an editor to fix it? i read all of these posts and busted my gut on almost all xdd.! my daughter is 26 now, and we still laugh about that one!: et tu, brute is attributed to him by shakespeare's famous play; his last words according to claims reported by suetonius, were και συ τεκνον; (pronounced "kai su, teknon?: in the period leading up to his death, his wife had been lying comatose in a los angeles hospital, dying of cancer. the only rule is that the rules will change over time… so to speak.” so it would be “a history teacher,” but it would also be “an historical building” inhabited by “an hysterical person. two errors that bother me the most:1) mixing up “it’s” and “its”. also thought the battle hymn of the republic went,”he is tramping out the vintage where the grapes of welch are stored. jerry, i’m mexican and i always hear “feliz navidad” at christmas.“stand beside us, and guide us, through the night, with a light from a bulb. go from a corruptible to an incorruptible crown, where no disturbance can be, no disturbance in the world. my friends liked my interpretation of how madonna was going to have a baby, and her father could not stop her from having this child. has got to die, but i have always believed an exception would be made in my case. that was one of the early “play the record backwards for a secret message” records from a craze of that time. but that is an issue of fitness, of suitability, it has nothing to do with correctness. problem i have is when people act like that so-called “standard english” is the only way one should ever speak (even though, i guarantee, they do not speak it all the time, either, unless they define “standard english” and simply “the way i talk” — which isn’t far from the truth in some cases).“an historic” is common in academic writing even though the “h” is sounded. guess i’m not a stickler for anything proper… too many rules makes life boring! in the early 1800s, school children reciting their abcs concluded the alphabet with the &. also remember thinking as a kid that in the song “funk soul brother” that it said “the funk is your brother”. and white were able to make their grammar arguments without insulting people’s socio-economic status (and assumed education). checked out a few sites, here is one of the references i used:First let me say that “she” is not the preferred universal pronoun. it proclaimed, in great big strokes of white paint: “one nation under cctv”. have pointed out that lots of people use they (i use it myself,) but this is definitive evidence that your point #2 is actually wrong. you later ask a hypothetical question “ask yourself if you’d say, ‘an horse’ or ‘an house. “myself” should only be used reflexively, to refer back to the subject. you understand the idea that the person is trying to communicate, then the language has served it’s purpose.

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stewart, “we don’t have to take our clothes off”. partner just can’t work it out no matter how much explaining i do, not that he tries too much either and it is now quite a joke between the two of us. just think of an honest, hard-working farmer laboring from daylight to dark for forty years of his life, and lucky if he finishes with as much as one of these birds gets in an hour. remember back when it first came out and i’d never heard the song, i saw someone on a message board online post that they thought the lyrics to the chorus of ke$ha’s “tik tok” went, “imma fight til we see the sudden light.” however, the nice thing about:“clearly, this person didn’t know what they were doing. interesting read, especially for somebody who isn’t a native english speaker.: so testosterone boys and harlequin girls will you dance to this beat and hold a lover close. comes home all excited and tells his family his experiences.: archimedes, an ancient greek mathematician, physicist, engineer, inventor, and astronomer. act of taking my own life is not something i am doing without a lot of thought. this article isn’t meant to be taken as gospel. i guess literally is used accurately in these cases, it just seems unnecessary most of the time. it seems to be a case very few english-speaking people know of.. you shouldn’t write ‘an historic’ or ‘an hotel’ but its nearly always pronounced. and i wasn’t the one writing posts about how people sound like chimps if they don’t follow my idea of perfect grammar. i am going to be face to face with jesus now. is such a fun subject and i’m as happy as a pig in poo reading the posts. [and then, to his wife] remember, my eliza, you are a christian. speaking of whom, @eileen: “let my love open the door” is actually from townshend’s solo album _empty glass_ and is not a who song proper.: sir francis bernard, 1st baronet, a british colonial administrator who served as governor of the provinces of new jersey and massachusetts bay. however, they are the source of language change and, when adopted by enough people (especially people with power) they are considered legitimate language changes. “he” is and always has been the default, going back to the bible.@cassie — similarly, few (including several dictionaries) fail to distinguish between “accountable” and “responsible” with the result that we now have a society that is seldom “accountable” when they are found “responsible”. relevant grammar rule is that a pronoun should agree in number with its antecedent. way to choose between ‘a’ and ‘an’ that has to be placed infront of a word starting with ‘h’ will be of good help to basic learners of english. considering how bad linguistics has been used to “prove” that other races are mentally inferior, i get a little testy when people say that if you don’t follow their sociolect/dialect’s set of rules then you “sound like a chimp. i know god is in control and i pray that he will forgive us of our sins, forgive the media people watching of their sins and all that they have done. rule of thumb: substitute “come” for “bring” and “go” for “take” to determine which one to use. i do think that it’s a mistake (and how many of us completely erroneously believe that it’s wrong to start a sentence with an ‘and’?. here it should be “me,” as this is the object of the sentence and follows a preposition. there’s lots of them but the one i most often use for an example is: (now don’t forget this is grammatically incorrect). i remember being quite surprised that a word existed to describe what i had experienced in my youth. father’s god to thee,Author of liberty of thee i sing. in my case it is in part a classical ruin, inherited boulders of tacitus and cicero bleaching in the sun along with grass-overrun elements of thucydides and aeschylus … not because i was a classical scholar, but because i was taught by classical scholars and grew up on poets, dramatists and novelists who knew the classics as intimately as most people of my generation know the beatles and the stones. a worthy cause indeed for those writers who take pride in their craft to rise up and counter the onslaught of excuses for poor grammar–from just being conversational to blackberry and text language.: these words were part of a recording on an audiocassette found at the people's temple compound in guyana after the mass suicide of 1978. then came, after the tudor and jacobean palaces and halls and after the restoration a period of renewed classical elements, the squares and avenues of georgian and regency london, elegant, spacious and harmonious. is a rather outdated rule that continues to change over time as we continue to pronounce things differently. our mistaken interpretations can often be quite creative, even attributing to lyrics an originality and profundity their author never intended. i was younger, i thought that another on bites the dust by queen was another one bites the butts. her head, bop, bop,You’ve got me rockin’ and a-rollin’. girlfriend in highschool thought huey lewis and the news (this tells you when i was in high school) were singing “the heart of rock and roll is in cleveland” (instead of “still beatin’ “). little girl thinks that the song by the animals – humans, contains the line:“are we humans? i the only one who thought that whitney houston was telling us to “climb every woman” (i’m every woman)? regularly copyedit legal treatises (in which there are a lot of block quotes, preceded by language like “justice scalia reasoned” or “according to the case law” — and then the author will use a colon after “reasoned” or “law”). wife used to think that the words to bob seger’s “old time rock n’ roll” was: “i rebadib abow da day bah doh”, when it is actually “i reminisce about the days of old”.” the singular they can be found in the writings of:Robert louis stevenson. all seriousness, this article was practical and i was able to put it to use immediately.: lope de vega, famous playwright, on being assured that the end was very near. “angels we have heard on high,” as a kid i would sing “we make chelsea’s day-o” instead of “in excelsis deo.“round john vergent” is a portly character who frequently finds his way into that carol. sister used to think the menards commercial went, “sing big money in the yard. his death in sarajevo in 1914 triggered the outbreak of world war i. he or she is extremely clunky, and many people get really weird about the sexist implications of hypothetical situations (they should get over it). brown, snoopy, linus, lucy…how can i ever forget them….“i” is correct only when it would be so without the other people mentioned. his last statement was recorded by his sister on his death bed. i see some previous comment posters made that same mistake. are endless misinterpretations, supposedly made by kids, regarding the lord’s prayer. that always trips me up is the use of adverbs. i heard feliz navidad for the first time, i misheard the title lyric as she’s not enough”. the more you read a certain language being used correctly, the more likely you will use it correctly as well. out my twitter:@meg – you’re coming off like a pedantic clod. the reason many people use “an” with “historic” is because “history” came to english by way of old french (“histoire”), in which the “h” is silent. it’s only ugly because it’s new and you don’t like it. guess i thought it was about a guy named “john earer. was their santa a guy in a boat instead of a sled?" after answering the question he suffered a fatal heart attack. we unconsciously use the tropes, tricks and figures of our great writers, just as we might without knowing it use a tierce de picardie or a diminished seventh when humming in the shower. however, my argument is that being able to communicate effectively is part of being a scientist, and if pupils are unable to do that then they are not being good scientists., now, my good man, this is no time for making enemies. it does set classically-educated folks’ teeth on edge, which can be a bug or a feature depending on your goals. posts seem to get folks revved up; you might as well write about religion or politics. when i heard “ruffled your hair” i thought someone would put waffles in your hair.“pikachu’s a virgin” instead of “packaging subversion”(“psychosocial” by slipknot)., the uh, camper and the car sitting over to the south of me is covered. wasn’t aware it was more common today, as you state, that “she” is being used as the universal pronoun. katy perry’s “hot n cold” i thought that she said ‘yeh you be a mess like a bi**h i would know’ but she actually says ‘yeh you pms like a bi**h i would know’. that is doubtful, lennon's mouth was bleeding profusely at this point. max come over here… french canadian bean soup… i want to pay, let them leave me alone…. she would sing “the farmer in the dell” with everyone else in class, but when they got to the “hi-ho the derry-o” part, (what is that supposed to mean…?’ve got one that’s stumping me, though, and would appreciate thoughts from anyone. don’t give power to outside stimuli, i’m bamboo. the original “star trek” series, this is the final line from the opening words as i thought i heard them as a kid:“to bold lego where no man has gone before!’s not from a song, but when i was very little, i thought there was a letter in the middle of the alphabet called “elemenno. (good lord, those last two lines sound insane when i read them back in my head. the “like a g6 ” song comes on, my sister sings like a “cheese stick ” haha.: coco chanel, french fashion designer of women's clothes and founder of the chanel brand.‘“i decided to run away quickly,” is correct, but sounds…stilted.“number disagreements are irritating to solve your copy ends up being overrun with awkward ‘he or she’s. thought it was “and after all, you’re my one and all” lol ! thought it was ” all the other kids with the pumped up kicks,You better run better run out run my girl,All the other kids with the pumped up kicks,You better run better run faster then my brother”. you sure you want to agree with the language geeks at the nytimes who posted this recent on language column?” captain kirk points out that it’s “i pledge allegiance…” it tunrs out that the yangs are the yankees and the coms are the communists. a child, i would say, “for the witch it stands” in the pledge of allegiance. notice how the meaning of the statement changes with each relocation of the word. fav is still the kid who thought god’s name was howard…”our father, who is in heaven, howard be thy name…. always thought (and still kinda do) that the band perry’s song, “if i die young”‘s lyrics were “if i die young, bury me in sand–” my friend corrected me to say it was actually “satin”.” when my dad graduated high school he was telling a classmate (girl) about his ring and my aunt spread rumors that he had given an engagement ring to her! ‘as’ and ‘since’ act as a preposition and a conjunction, but ‘because’ is a conjunction only and it subsumes a cause -and effect relations. taking the term (or initialism) seo, what would be the correct way to write.: let us ease the roman people of their continual care, who think it long to await the death of an old man. is open to debate, because some sources report crowley dying alone, and others claim that he said sometimes i hate myself. while my colleagues at abc did a superb job, i did think a few times i was missing out. years, i thought “big ol’ jet air liner” was “big ol’ jed at a lineup. example i never knew why “vince you’re a highway” from the america song “ventura highway” when their talking about a guy named joe. “you give love a bad name” by bon jovi i used to think it was “shout through the halls” instead of “shot through the heart”. your ear and speak to you of the pompatus of love. do english teachers in school find it very difficult to teach the subjunctive mood of the verb to their students?–a friend’s little sister thought they were “taking care of midgets”, not business. for me much of the world makes no sense, but my feelings about what i am doing ring loud and clear to an inner ear and a place where there is no self, only calm. sylvia wright, an american author, coined the term after a phrase she recalled mishearing as a young girl.” my cousin looked at me like i was stupid when we were singing it in the car, never knew why until about a week later when i learned the real lyrics. some bloggers insist that grammar is not that important, but that a little bad grammar shows their personality. parsons, and myself” tells me the writer is the one who selected the committee while “the committee will consist of bob, mr. i am in some sort a language professional i suppose, in as much as i write and broadcast, i linguify for a living you might say. hendrix – ‘scuse me while i kiss this guy for ‘scuse me while i kiss the sky. 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. one more apian inclined listener was convinced that the line was, ‘i’m asking you ’cause you know about bee stings.: field marshal sam hormusji framji jamshedji manekshaw, the first of only two indian military officers to hold the highest rank of field marshal in the indian army. instead of “to bermuda, bahama come on pretty mama”, when i was little i thought it was “to bermuda, bahama come on pretty llama”. now there seems to be some confusion about another line in “california dreamin’… on such a winter’s day”…. that it shows up in writing demonstrates the way in which grammar is shaped. are his last words as recorded by isaac deutscher in his book the prophet outcast. for example, you would not say “the committee will consist of i,” so your example is wrong. friend of mine used to think prince’s “little red corvette” sounded like “paying the rent collect. i always thought it was “you can tell by the way i use my walk, i’m a wanted man, no time to talk” instead of “woman’s man”. the more general point about subject-verb agreement is important, though. boys: “she’s my little deuce coupe” was “she’s my little doop scoop”. the best thing is to have a sense of humour and thanks for some of the hilarious input. as a greeting, shortly before he collapsed, according to nbc washington bureau editing supervisor candace harrington [19]. some are “meh,” but some are genius, especially if you’re already familiar with the artist and the song. being told that those were the wrong lyrics (and not being told the right ones) i decided that the lyrics must be:“we don’t need no education,We don’t need no false control. diuturna cura populum romanum, quando mortem senis exspectare longum censent. mother told me that, as a young girl reciting the hail mary, she always wondered about the line: blessed art thou a monk swimmin’ (blessed art thou amongst women). …just brush my cheek before you leave me… only recently did i figure out the words to that song. if anyone stops mid-sentence to admire the craftsmanship that went into the creation of my deathless prose (an unlikely scenario, i admit), then that’s just as bad as their stopping mid-sentence to pick up on my poor english usage. one of their songs from the early 2000s is a multi-artist collaboration called “sheltering trees,” talking about how we all need friends to support us.@meg the problem in your example is not the use of “really” or “literally” specifically, the problem is that the sentence is metaphorical and using either of those words (or any like them) turns that metaphor into a factual statement (which, of course, makes for a pretty silly statement in this case). of this gets down to whether you’re speaking american english or some other form.] when a word comes about from a mistaken pronunciation, it’s called a mondegreen. just tell me that you spontaneously developed a 23rd chromosome and all will be right in the world. saying what the next shows would be, they would the next show, then say, “followed by…” and the next show after. i wouldn’t want anyone to burn me at the stake. i was little (i’m now 23), i thought “frere jacques” went like this:Frere jacques, frere jacques,Dormez-vous? i heard ( which is technically not a mondegreen, but a terrible grammatical oversight). ), but then we come upon “my self and her self” tsk, tsk, tsk. the victorian english of industry, dickens and music hall giving way to the english of the twentieth century, all the way through the arrival of radio and cinema, the political language of fascism, communism, socialism and finance, the americanisms, the street talk, the rock and roll, the corporate speak, the computer jargon … and here we are. mom once turned off the radio in horror when she thought she heard rod stewart sing “all you did was “wet” my bed”. 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., and i believe “nerdery” is actually where you grow nerds.: denis diderot, french encyclopedist, upon being warned by his wife not to eat too much.@peter – a keen example of what i said up front, and that’s that it’s really a no-win situation.: the last statement he made on stage five days before his death, which was made to address a recent trip he'd made to the hospital. one of my favourites was in the christmas carol ‘the angel gabriel from heaven came’ — it was very difficult not to giggle when changing ‘most highly favoured lady’ to ‘most highly flavoured gravy! great aunt used to have a party-line phone in the 60,s and she would listen to other peoples conversations. i was in high school, i had the stereo turned up real loud when my dad came home from work. my brother was about 2, he would walk around the house singing “mama’s scroungy!… if i’m not mistaken, i’ve seen, right here on copyblogger, plural pronouns used to represent the singular., i hope you were joking, but it’s the first one. interpretation: “the men up there don’t like a lot of bladder.” possible your friend was familiar with that version and simply chose to sing those lyrics instead.: sedgwick was a union civil war general who was hit by sniper fire a few minutes after saying these, at the battle of spotsylvania, on may 9, 1864. of my best/worst mistakes have been:“i’m a soccer ball” instead of “i’m unstoppable. this lyric: the kids and girl and boy -land, will have a jubilee~ we’re gonna build a toy-land all around the christmas tree…” i heard, “…we’re gonna build a toilet all around the christmas tree. fold it in your hope chest, i urged, or seal it in a baggie.” instead of what they tell me it says “the kid (or boy) is not my son”.” i kind of new what version meant, while i had no idea what a virgin was. 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. beautiful publicity stunt that skyrocketed sales of that song and album. when a word comes about from a mistaken pronunciation, it’s called a mondegreen., 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.: staley was calling after friend and former bandmate mike starr, who angrily stormed out of staley's apartment following an argument.“a pink paradise” and put up a parking lot…should be “paved paradise” and put up a parking lot. i couldn’t even come up with real words, so for most of my life i just sang “spinnin’ mah head around and taken fo ma deh undah”. like these i wish people would concentrate on the obvious mistakes (like that/which, which kills me every time; or apostrophe abuse, which is rampant), and not nitpick the “rules” that aren’t really rules. about the song ‘cold cold hearts, hard done by you’. staley is believed to have passed away a day later, on april 5, 2002, of a drug overdose. he was preparing to fly his piper cherokee pa-28-236 into building i of the echelon office complex in austin, texas, united states, killing himself and internal revenue service manager vernon hunter and injuring 13 others, he radioed the control tower he was flying southbound. someone mentioned that one of their relatives thought “give peace a chance” was “give jesus pants. certainly you want good content and grammar, but if someone just starting out doesn’t have a proofreader, what do you say if they are trying to strike a balance between getting good (grammatically correct) content out in a timely fashion? and mangled language just doesn’t sound right – it offends my sense of aesthetics. i realise that many people use it as an intensifier, a sort of “super-really”, but in the long run, that seems likely to cause confusion. authors first words to his startled parents were, “hey youse! therese's last words were quite similar, "oh, i love him; my god, i love you". years i thought joni mitchell was singing about those big fuzzy dice that high school boys used to hang from the rear view mirrors in their cars.′s song the sweetest thing – i used to hear “oh oh oh the swiss maid”.” in a short period of time, “they” became common usage, and was used until the 1880s. thread has been going on for over four years now!, i often laught thinking at a very simple sentence, used on books here in italy when you teach english to pupils:“look: my pen is on the table! only is putting “an” in front of a word with an audible h grammatically incorrect, it’s also uncommonly annoying. his last words are often erroneously quoted as "put me back on my bike"; simpson's soigneur told reporters that he wanted to be "put back on his bike", and this was reported as such.'ve reached one of our phase lines after the fire fight and it smells bad – meaning it's a little bit suspicious…could be an amb–. it’s simply meant to be helpful, which everyone but you has found it to be. this is one such comment; thank you for sharing your soulful intellect. paul simon’s song, “50 ways to leave your lover”, there is a line: “…you don’t need to be coy roy…” that my dear friend silvia would always sing: “…you don’t need to be corduroy…”. a teacher, i would probably turn the whole thing around a little in order to make it clearer: “there are three words in english that are spoken or pronounced like the word “to. rather than later, the great avenues will open again and free men will walk through them to construct a better society. if kristen couldn’t act, she would actually collapse in upon herself like a black hole. 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. you, you, you, you, you, you are the legend makers of ultimate warrior.: he probably meant the holy communion although one of the king's favourite activities was to eat.: reportedly said during the last stand of the 44th regiment of foot, in response to an offer of surrender, shortly before their massacre by afghan fighters at the battle of gandamak. post has added much dork-laden glee to my otherwise dull day. sir mix alot – baby got back my sister and i always thought it was.: about 43 members of the indian police decided to arrest him. i was always taught to use ‘an’ before ‘h’ at school, but it sounds so wrong and is awkward to use when speaking., yes to all of the above…yes to them making you sound like a chimp, not to actually committing these grammar violations. i then blame in on my journalism degree and the faculty supervisor that ripped my writing to shreds when i wrote for the oklahoma daily many years ago.“johnny and i are reviewing grammar”… not “johnny and me”. i listen to it, even now when i know what it’s supposed to say, i still hear what i heard when i was younger:Oh, i got a funny feeling. in your example, the antecedent of the plural pronoun “they” is the singular noun “person. i ask my family and friends that you all continue to pray, that you all continue to forgive., i don’t think anyone really cares, and either way is publishable. always struggle with lyrics because i focus more on the sound of the words than the meaning of them. wouldn’t be appropriate for them to do it in front of a national market, but it wouldn’t be appropriate to accuse them of pretentiousness in the act of correcting it. 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. would rather be a servant in the house of the lord than to sit in the seats of the mighty. there is chess and there is this or that game of chess. i first head it this way, i always now substitue “and the hot dogs go on” for “and the heard does go on”. always heard the line from michael jackson’s ‘man in the mirror’ as: and no moustache could offend any clipper. the reason i am mentioning this is to say “they” was correct as a singular pronoun until the 1800s!” as a preschooler, i was convinced the song was about very old tailors! may the most high god bless the man that worketh righteousness, him and his seed for ever.“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. was unfortunate enough to hear mark lowry’s spoof “my face in this world. old, he would sing (at the top of his lungs) “take it to the lemon one more time”, by the eagles.: hans christian andersen, danish author of the ugly duckling, the little mermaid, the emperor's new clothes, the snow queen, and the princess and the pea. ‘as’ and ‘since’ act as a preposition and a conjunction, but ‘because’ is a conjunction only and it subsumes a cause -and effect relations.’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? the last words he tried to utter were the holy names, the acts of contrition, faith, hope and charity, with acts of humble resignation to the will of god, which are all part of the last sacraments that were administered to him on 29 november. glass and concrete sentences right next to half-timbered elizabethan phrases, a starbucks of an utterance dwelling in an expression that once belonged to a victorian banker, an apple store of an accent in a converted georgian merchant’s lingo. further, it forces the writer to conflate two meanings that are distinct:1. he was the last person in queensland to be hanged. now, on another note, please write article to ask people to quit saying “alls” instead of “all. as a result, the flight gradually lost altitude while the flight crew was preoccupied and eventually crashed.“by the way, i have a feeling that the reference to chimps was probably made in humour and not intended to cause offence. he would sing: “order in the court, order in the court, keep my daddy in the order of the court. than devolving to “myself,” try to insert the *third* person pronoun in the sentence. this was the 50th anniversary of the signing of the american declaration of independence, which was written mostly by thomas jefferson. katy perry’s song “last friday night” many people mistake the line “it’s a blacked-out blur” for “it’s a black-top blur”. roommate’s boyfriend used to sing the garth brooks lyric, “i’ve got friends in low places,” “i’ve got friends in loads of places,” for years before he was corrected. gimmier lickerish trap an some chicken-an look, fellers, no hens. the argument my family had over “chuckies in love” or “chuck e., to “liz brown” and “betty”, you ladies must be young’uns because your real lyrics are:Mares eat oats and does eat oats.@smitty777, as bad as that is, it doesn’t get the nails-on-the-blackboard shiver up my spine that comes with “impactful”. but there is a difference in connotation between “really” and “literally”. say “washington bullets” over and over again during the song, and it sounds to me like “washed-down pole dance”. remember i got up in front of the class to perform the song “women in uniforms” instead i thought it was “fluffy the unicorn”. write both in french and in english, and, like johnny b.: said while playing with damageplan at a club minutes before he was shot and killed onstage. com here some few weeks ago and i decided to contact him for help and he told me what i need to do which i did i was so surprised when i got a call from my husband apologizing to me as told me he was going to come back to me it all seems like a dream to me thank to dr ekaka i am back with my husband again and i am so happy. one was i misheard “is that the man i once adored”…i thought it was “is that the man i want, some doard”.. in this case “i” is one of the subject of the sentence. the song “take it easy,” written by jackson browne and glenn frey and made famous as performed by the eagles:“it’s a girl, my lord,In a flat-bed, bored,Slowin’ down to take a look at me…”. had this in my head as a child, when i heard the line in jingle bells “oh what fun it is to sing a slaying song tonight! i understand that purists (not a prejudicial term) don’t like it. through the looking glass was an inspiration for some other songs, referencing things around drugs, most notably “white rabbit” by jefferson airplane., what you term “subject/predicate disagreement” is increasingly accepted, to avoid the awkward acquiescence to political correctness of “he or she”/”his or her”. however, as some of you now know, i have learned in the last couple of days that i have lung cancer. benatar, hit me with your best shot- i always thought it was hit me with your pet shark haha. but i, as a newcomer to these parts, have a few more peeves to add to the pot. “tease me, please me” would play on the radio, i always thought that they were saying “cheeze nips, cheeze nips, and no one has to know! my personal favourite:My heart skipped a beat – “my arms got the beat”. we wouldn’t go about the place moaning that sheep’s milk was only of any use to lambs, any more than i have ever heard anyone wonder why pig’s milk doesn’t make a good yoghurt. friend of mine told me once that she kept hearing an ad on tv for mobil, or some other petrol station (gas station). of course, there was much less history in the 1960’s. a somewhat related note, people shouldn’t assume that kids using weird spelling while texting or iming means that they can’t spell right in other situations. number 2, isn’t it true that ‘they’ has become acceptable as a singular neutral pronoun? do they ever let the tripping of the tips of their tongues against the tops of their teeth transport them to giddy euphoric bliss? that’s our national language (tongue in cheek) strine is short for australian.: sir walter raleigh, english landed gentleman, writer, poet, soldier, politician, courtier, spy, and explorer. i also possessed a vivid imagination, which was unfortunate in this instance. almost died laughing when a co-worker was offended by the lyrics of the heart song, ”.: after being stabbed in the chest near the heart-area by unknown assassins, the old count asked who did it; on which the assassin replied: "death. although these are not his actual last words, they are the last words heard by the public. thought it was “and though the truth may vary, this ship will carry our bodies straight to shore”.. ““myself” should only be used reflexively, to refer back to the subject. i ate a one ton tomato” or this: “one pound of metal. guess i’m not a stickler for anything proper… too many rules makes life boring! this is a nice article to start thinking about my language mistakes, thank you.. i didn’t know any english but i still had to do the pledge of allegiance. people seem to be able to find sensual and sensuous pleasure in almost anything but words these days. you have been given suppositories for your impacted wisdom tooth, you need to change your dentist.: final tweet sent by the rapper before collapsing outside his beverly hills home in 2011. haitch eye vee, you hear all the time now, for hiv. to forsake this truth is to pay too high a price even for the priceless gift of life. always get argument on this one, but i’m going to put my foot down anyway.” in each of those cases, the number (singular or plural) in the subject agrees with the number in the predicate.’s tricky because it’s not an either/or case. always thought in linkin park’s song valentines day it said “a black winter queue away” instead of “a black wind took you away”. for instance, in the song “bette davis eyes” by kim carnes, i always thought she was singing, “all the boys think she’s a spaz, she’s got bette davis eyes. not my end disarm you, and on no account weep or keen for me, let the enemy be warned of my death.- i always got a laugh from my friend lisa, circa 1984, when she’d sing along with the police’s song ‘king of pain’ for. some people, like my husband and his brother, this is a disease, not a childhood phase. but there is a difference in connotation between “really” and “literally”.: baum was referring to the shifting sands, the impassable desert surrounding the land of oz.: either one was spoken to her assistant, fazila aswat, after she tried to encourage cox to stand after an attack. great aunt told me that when she was a child, she thought the hymn “when the roll is called up yonder” was “when the roll is called a p-yonder”… she was raised on a ranch and they had a piece of machinery referred to as ” the roll.’ve mentioned those french intellectuals the structuralists: one of their number, perhaps the best known, roland barthes, liked to use two words jouissance and plaisir. for other attributed sources and theories, see burton stevenson, ed. speaking of oz, i thought the dog’s name was total.: klaas meurs was the first officer of klm flight 4805, which crashed on take-off on march 27th 1977, killing 583 people when it collided with a pan am boeing 747, killing all 248 on flight 4805 {inlcuding meurs} and 335 on the pan am aircraft., your error 2 has nothing to do with subject/predicate agreement. “… so i saw it in the review mirror…” to which i started laughing.: it seems today, that all you see,Is violence in movies, and sex on t. so i belted out the lyrics, to the tune of “glory glory hajelluliah. misheard as i’m an alien,i’m a little alien i’m an englishman in new york. in the medical world, this is something that would require the use of suppositories. remember hearding the song “pumped up kicks” for the first time.” people try to argue on that one, but i don’t know anyone who says “historic. also, the beatles, “she’s got a ticket to ride,” i always thought it said, “she’s got a chicken to ride,” very disappointed when i figured that out. i have been having misunderstanding with my husband which leads to divorce some few years ago, but i was unable to move on with my life because i have so much love for my husband and my kid love him too. think that two nations, over a period of more than 200 years, would develop separations in their common language… unthinkable!”…well, i’d probably have enough change to get a large tea and a coffee cake at starbucks.: rauf denktaş, founder of the turkish republic of northern cyprus.: these were the last recorded words of valentich, an australian pilot, who disappeared after contacting air traffic control claiming to be pursued by a purported ufo. i mean even from the sound of it, reading this list people are off by several syllables sometimes. we were children my brother thought the line “it’s no fun bein’ an illegal alien” from the phil collins song was “it’s no fun bein’ an e-i idiot”.’t the title be “what it’s called when you misinterpret lyrics? and if literally loses its meaning how will we distinguish the real from the false?” i got it right eventually much to the amusement of my parents. it had beautiful images, creative layout and fonts, and mistakes. is dictionary dot com asking me what it’s called? swift’s “love story”:Mine: “skips time for a little while”. no barrymore would allow such a conventional thing to happen to him. do you think that she sang “spaz” and subsequently wrote “spy” because she thought it sounded cooler? post, but one nitpick: in mistake #1, the phrase “refer back” is redundant.: billy the kid, an american old west gunfighter who participated in new mexico's lincoln county war. me, after my head is chopped off, will i still be able to hear, at least for a moment, the sound of my own blood gushing from the stump of my neck? then i learned something, and i’m always grateful for learning something new.’s “cutie pie, cutie pie, poker face, she needs water got no water”.- the police, don’t stab your claws in me > don’t stand so close to me. you have to match the article (a or an) to the way it’s most commonly pronounced, and what sound begins that. we need a place to park before we can get out and enjoy paradise. i had a notion / about this beach and girl / i put my thoughts in motion / and found my heart in her world. hate when people say “i am going to meet my doctor. after his superior officer discovered ahrens the next morning surrounded by dead japanese troops, he whispered these words and died.: talking about his girlfriend, nancy, who had died a month earlier.: […] and i leave life so that i can walk into history. ohad spoke these words while communicating with air traffic control. that i cannot hear correctly, even knowing the proper words:“climb every woman . if the stress is on the first syllable, you use “a,” as in “a hospital. every time the hubs watches star trek, he yells, “go boldly! or are they getting it wrong and therefore should be corrected? listening to “you’re so vain” by carly simon, i thought that she was singing: “your hair strategically dipped below one eye, your scarf it was africa” which does not make any sense whatsoever. about two years ago (shamefully), i interpreted the line in billy joel’s song “only the good die young” as “when you were counting on your ovary” instead of “when you were counting on your rosary”. had my friend practice her song for talent show at my house.* acceptable usage would be “an historical” or “an historic,” but “a history,” since in that case the first syllable is stressed. man, i like your version better too…i am laughing all the way to the bathroom before i pee my pants. the meaning of literally has “literally” evolved to include its use as a superlative. however, according to strunk and white the elements of style, using “they” as a singular pronoun is’n’t correct. are right in was and were thing, i keep ask people which one should i use when say “i”, all of them said was is fine !’s another one my 3 year old niece who was singing: row, row, row your butt, gently down the stream….’m surprised no one came up with the old classic – first one i ever knew about. it sounded like ” felix navy dude” to me when i first heard it at a christmas party.] the word “ampersand” came many years later when “&” was actually part of the english alphabet. i thought ‘finally here’s a pop/ punk band that isn’t sex-crazed! the speaker is just an object put in the committee with the other objects. he slipped into a coma as a result of the accident, and died of third-degree burns three months later. may britain be great once again and the hour of the greatest danger in the west may the standard be raised from the dust, crowned with the words – you have conquered nevertheless. if one values grace, this sentence:“clearly, this person didn’t know what her or she were doing.: richard halliburton, last known communication from the chinese junk sea dragon at sea, march 23 1939.’m standing behind my “i” at this stage… though i’m hearing what everyone is saying. up, i used to think bananarama’s song ‘venus’ was something that rhymed with a male body part…. sad thing is until just now when i googled the real lyrics i had no idea that my second version was wrong :s lol. used to think the line in jingle bells was “a one horsopenslay”. gets me riled up is: “there’s two things to say about this. my kids were little, they sang jackson five’s i want you back with “oh, baby, i was born in mexico! for commenter #116’s “historical continuity is best” – perhaps we should think hard about that one. where i’m from, a lot of people don’t pronounce the h in “historic” very prominently. it was a book called ‘scuse me while i kiss this guy and other misheard lyrics. 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’. children in my classes regularly ask “can i lend a pen? note regarding “because” — contrary to what is seen in a number of contemporary dictionaries, “because” is not a conjunction! however, because it’s so common to use it incorrectly, people think you are the idiot. – i had a friend who thought it was, “bingo shed had its light on”. since you brought up ellipses … i’ve noticed a habit i have of trying to force people to read my stuff the way i hear it in my head. pedants will also claim, with what i am sure is eye-popping insincerity and shameless disingenuousness, that their fight is only for ‘clarity’.” as if it’s the oddest suggestion they’ve ever heard. people should have access to that so that they can be best understood by others outside their immediate social groups, and also so that they have more opportunities for social advancement.– & in their other song, ‘don’t stand so close to me’ for. in the medical world, this is something that would require the use of suppositories. the first line was published in news of the world with a picture of best lying in his hospital bed, five days before his death.: eric harris and dylan klebold, perpetrators of the columbine high school massacre, just before committing suicide by gunshot. enjoy, and please @ me any really egregious ones you guys see! and if language didn’t elicit pleasure, if it didn’t have its music, its juiciness or jouissance would we notice, or would always be destined to find pleasure in it because that’s a thing we humans can do?: he spoke this as he was thrown into a roman dungeon to starve to death.. if “everyone makes this mistake”, then it’s no longer a mistake. in her song, why try, the lyrics i heard were: ‘i know i should have farted at least i’m being honest’. i personally use it for long lists (so i’d side with the editors in your example since it’s a short list, fwiw). there a word to describe when you blend words together (“tricopterous” – some kind of blend between triceratops and rhinocerous or something…? one that busts my hump is the improper use of “i”.: thomas carlyle, scottish philosopher, satirical writer, essayist, historian and teacher. still visualize people doing a dance called the eck-ba and whopping one another on the sit-down!

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i stumbled along your comment on this strange place about lyrical misinterpretation.: after winning a game of cards that would determine who would get the first pick of bunks on the band's tour bus, burton pointed at fellow band member kirk hammett and said the line above. had a friend who thought the bee gee’s “more than a woman” was ‘four-legged woman’., long time ago, my teenage boyfriend answered the phone at my parents’ home when no one else was there, and took the message which read, “call corn and cheese. was at a peter kay show recently, where he rattled off quite a number.“we laid rubber on a georgian nassa…” doesn’t make sense, but that is what it sounds like he says…how can you just make up the correct word without much worldly context at 6 years old. when, about 22 seconds into the intro, she sings:“said you’d give me life, but you never told me ’bout papayas”. i’ve even started saying ‘there’s some…’ and rapidly correcting myself. elephant and castle would have been the homophone of infanta of castile, eleanor of castile and leon who married edward i of england. in 1997 she killed her two small children and then failed in her attempt to commit suicide. “some people call me maurice, when i speak of the pompitousness of love”. after a beer or two, he saw the humor in it., hindi people will get this fine but i am writing fro the non-hindi speaking crowd.” the second one is particularly interesting for what does (and does not) get swapped around. friend spent some thirty years thinking the line in “feliz navidad” that says “prospero ano y felicidad” (prosperous year and happiness) said “los perros anos y felicidad” (dog years and happiness). my two favorites are: from fleetwood mac’s song second hand news come the lyrics “i’m just second hand news,” which i confused with “i’m just sittin’ here nude! correct lyrics are “whatcha doin’ on your back”…you should be dancin’. song about jesus speaking to the disciples went:“i will make you fishers of men if you follow me”. chances of my ever successfully constructing a bookcase are minimal. i’ve even started saying ‘there’s some…’ and rapidly correcting myself. to be perfectly honest i'm a little surprised at the kindness today from so many people, that's not intended as false modesty, but even i was taken aback by how far and how fast news travels.” a friend just recently told me it’s really “oh won’t you, show me the way”! now someone will come around and offer to help me evolve. convince me that “help me, rhonda” does not contain the line “since you put me down there’ve been owls pukin’ in my bed. sister was listening to “bernadette” by the four tops, when my mother, horrified, asked “what kind of song is that? using “she” doesn’t do any justice to women nor does it make any sense. that is, it should be “joe sixpack hand an impact on the outcome of the game”. quoted as: i have no wish to believe on that subject.” (instead of “nothing wrong…”) just figured that one out a couple of years ago. this is all very well, but there is no doubt what ‘five items or less’ means, just as only a dolt can’t tell from the context and from the age and education of the speaker, whether ‘disinterested’ is used in the ‘proper’ sense of non-partisan, or in the ‘improper’ sense of uninterested. used to sing roger miller’s king of the road, “i’m a man of means, by gummy! during then, he saw rita jolivet on deck and asked her to hold on to the rail until they knew what to do. parsons, and myself” tells me the writer is the one who selected the committee while “the committee will consist of bob, mr.’ve heard people listening to the song ‘howl’ by florence and the machine say that ‘i am eternal’ sounds like ‘i’m on a toilet’. if anybody could have saved me it would have been you. we all gots things we could get improved on with grammar. my true love gave to me a partridge une perdrix. some would argue that it is correct if we hear it on the cbc. hate hate hate not using a final comma in a list, before “and.’s so easy to figure it out…just get rid of jim and see if it works. i found a website with several recordings, played forward and backwards, so you can judge for yourself. but explain to them, too, that in school it has a different meaning and you want them to use that meaning for practice. son of a friend of mine used to travel a lot in the car with us & we always listened to cher-he misheard & sung with great relish at the top of his lungs ” f&*&ken turn back time, f&*&ken find a way” which fits really well actually & i always (miss)sing the lyrics this way & he had not even seen the video clip.- a lot of listeners (me included) thought that instead of the pre-chorus to ‘smooth criminal’ being, ‘annie are you ok, are you ok annie? we come a-waffling among the greasy trees… (instead of here we come a-wassailing among the trees so green). am very sensible of the attatchment you show me, and i hasten to thank you for it, as i feel i am now come to my last illness. people should have access to that so that they can be best understood by others outside their immediate social groups, and also so that they have more opportunities for social advancement. and if you already have it, then stop worrying about language and get on with it. however, awareness can be a powerful thing and if you can make them more aware of language variation — and that different varieties are more appropriate on different occasions — they’ll be much better off.: perhaps in reference to the monks he caused to be evicted during the dissolution of the monasteries. thought the bee gees were singing “bald headed woman to me, bald headed woman. it was only replaced a little over 200 years ago by a feminist who changed “they” to “he” as the universal pronoun! used to laugh at my brother because he swore that the police’s every breath you take lyrics were “i’m a pool hall ace”.: ali ibn abi talib, cousin and son-in-law of the islamic prophet muhammad, ruling over the islamic caliphate from 656 to 661. about: “i led the pigeons to the flag” from the us pledge of allegiance. off topic, after hearing captain kirk state “spock knows” in an episode of st whenever one of our friends was suspected of exaggerating we’d all shout ‘spock nose! favorite pet peeve is “persons” – the plural of person is people in my book, even though the cadence and parallelism in a phrase such as “person or persons unknown” is appealing. guess we don’t have too much of a younger audience, no offense. how the devil do you think this could harm me? 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., until right now i thought it was “set an open course for emergency”! please stop posting – i need to be up in four hours …. given gender sensitivities these days, it seems perfectly reasonable to stretch the ‘ye olde rules of grammar’ and use ‘they’ as an androgynous reference. lennon's blood loss was so great, before the police arrived that the concierge at the dakota realizing the severity of the injuries, simply covered lennon with his uniform's jacket and removed his blood covered glasses then summoned police. one more…i was thinking about it the other day. until couple years ago, my entire life i believed that george harrisons “i’ve got my mind set on you” as featured in movie look who’s talking, was saying “watch out, i’m gonna sit on you, sit on you”. the “literally” that bothered me most in recent memory was when ibm used it in their smarter planet campaign: “changing the way the world literally works”. lead us not into menstruation, but liver us in evil. i’m not perfect, but sometimes it’s discouraging to hear people speak (or write) knowing that they sound like imbeciles. when i was 4 years old i used to say:Dios te salve maría, llena eres de grasa. his discovery (or theorem if you prefer) was that the mind comes pre-equipped for language, syntax and grammar, much as the body comes pre-equipped for growth and sexual development., perhaps some caveats are in order when making posts such as this? john forbad him, saying, i have need to be baptised of thee, and comest thou to me? 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. i was little, i thought roy oberson’s song line, “only the lonely,” was “holy baloney. for ‘myself’, well, yes, it’s too often used inappropriately by people who think that they’re much too important to be merely ‘me’.” i like “polecat stew” better, a famous cajun dish,-  august 21, 2011 - 11:36 am.: the line was spoken to his wife, lauren bacall, as she left his bedside to pick up her children. about jamaican singer desmon dekker and and his song “the israelites”. said at 6:31 am:“btw i hope everyone who has been reading this thread realise that only about 10% of people notice what they think is poor grammar…”. amongst other things, there were 6 geese a’ playing, 5 gold and rings, 3 french hands, 2 turtle ducks, and some parts in a gingerbread tree. “peanut butter and jelly” is also a common phrase in itself, so it can be confusing. when we finally looked at the lyrics, we were sad to discover they were simply “i’m blue, daba-dee daba-dye”. that they were not his actual last words is also extensively documented, though not as clearly in many popular accounts, and they have commonly been mistaken as being his last words. for the longest time (and really, even now when i listen close) i am sure alanis morrisette is saying “the cross-eyed bear that you gave me” instead of “of the cross i bear that you gave to me” in you oughta know. use to giggle to my self everything i heard her singing to her self. song with the lyrics, “i believe in miracles, you sexy thing…” i thought they were singing, “i believe in milk-o, you sexy thing…” lol. it was so enlightening to find out the words are “spinning my head around and taking my body under”! third quote is what chopin reportedly murmured on his death-bed (the opera reader, biancolli, 1953, p. words after the resurrection of jesus according to matthew 28:18-20. i am dead, you will find philip and calais engraved on my heart. if you’ve used “if,” that’s a pretty good indicator that were is appropriate:“i wouldn’t do that if i were you.‘anyone’ is singular, so if i really wanted to be “proper” i would have used ‘his or her’ to substitute ‘their’. friend in the navy introduced me to “to nowhere,” from the anime hack sign. please read:I’d like to add 2 misused words that drive me batty–just for good measure 😉.: franklin delano roosevelt, 32nd president of the united states, who died of a massive cerebral hemorrhage. (#208) wrote:“ok, i have to ask about my pet peeve “impacted”. vais ou je vas mourir, l'un et l'autre se dit ou se disent.’ve heard that the mexican word gringo came from the popularity of the song ‘green grow the lilacs’ with non-hispanic border country folk. i don’t lose sleep over it, but the world would be a more lovely place if the subjunctive were better respected.@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.’s “rumour has it” came across to me and my friends as “puma hazard”. favorite pet peeve is “persons” – the plural of person is people in my book, even though the cadence and parallelism in a phrase such as “person or persons unknown” is appealing. gilda radner for emily latella’s commentaries all of which were based on mondegreens. to his girlfriend pamela courson from the bathtub of his paris apartment. a somewhat related note, people shouldn’t assume that kids using weird spelling while texting or iming means that they can’t spell right in other situations. to his predecessor as lds church president, joseph smith, jr.: although not his final words, it was salinger's last spoken word to the media a year before his death. put what peter andrew said about “rules” more succinctly, take a look at the difference between prescriptivsm and descriptivism. words according to john 19:30 : "when jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, it is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up his spirit. i think it said in a soft raspy voice “paul is dead” 3 times or so.: joyce made this statement prior to his execution by hanging for treason. have had no real gratification or enjoyment of any sort more than my neighbour on the next block who is worth only half a million. 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. there’s my favorite, in the song, “white flag” by dido, she thought “i wont put my hands up, and surrender” was really “i will poke my eyes out, and surrender. as the bible says, let those without sin cast the first stone. they write letters to broadcasters and newspapers in which they are rude and haughty about other people’s usage and in which they show off their own superior ‘knowledge’ of how language should be. 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. anagrams are words or phrases that are comprised of the mixed-up letters of other words or phrases. further, it forces the writer to conflate two meanings that are distinct:1.’ve been taught that “whether or not” is equivalent to “regardless of whether,” so if it doesn’t make sense to say “regardless of whether” in the sentence, then you should use “whether” rather than “whether or not.” no one has been able to convince me i’m wrong! don’t most of us pronounce the “h” in “historic,” but not in “honorable? historical continuity is important on many levels, let us not forget. but the language of british movies, classic novels, sixties and seventies broadcasters like malcolm muggeridge, james cameron, alistair cooke, john ebden, anthony quinton, robert robinson, they all played their part in informing my spoken and written utterance too, not to mention the elemental styles which in turn informed their language. thought born on the bayou by ccr was born on a valume.: i say the following is wrong:“i need to get bread, peanut butter, and jelly at the store. last words of notable people: final words of more than 3500 noteworthy people throughout history.:Home » language » what’s it called when you misinterpret lyrics? robinson, she’s a slutty mormon, you will know…” i thought, “whoa…tmi…”." note: the german perfect of "be," "i have been," is constructed with a finite form of "be" (here "bin") and its participle ("gewesen"). knowing when it’s correct to use ‘myself’, or being unaware that the ‘h’ in ‘historic’ should not be aspirated, and that therefore the word is preceded by an ‘an’ is really not all that dangerous. police – walking in your food stamps for walking in your footsteps. do you all hear when stevie nicks sings ‘on the edge of seventeen’ ?. in the song “i just can’t wait to be king,” (from disney’s the lion king) simba sings, “i’m gonna be a mighty king, so enemies beware! i thought it said “lead me, guide me, rock beside me”. incorrect use of the word ‘only’ really annoys me, for example ‘i only eat pizza’ does not mean the same as ‘i eat only pizza’. the growth and development of language give great pleasures to its lovers.’s so easy to figure it out…just get rid of jim and see if it works. i had to choose one thing to judge the merits of a piece of writing, it is the quality of the content, not the grammar." he then stood up, suffered a heart attack and died an hour later. of my little sisters once asked my dad, “how do donuts make my brown eyes blue? if you don’t buy that, then thou must returnist thou to ye olde englishe. on the other hand, i *do* say “an historic” but i pronounce it “an istoric”, with a silent “h”., with my hearing defects, and not quite understanding lyrics, i have made some ‘al yankovich’ type re dos of some songs. like “lay me down on a bed of roses” and “sink me in the river at dawn” and “make me a rainbow to shine down on the mother–” even if it is “satin”, “sand” makes more sense. that’s a feature, not a bug, and i think the language is simply changing here, and for the better.’m not the man they think i am at home. one episode of casey jones, some bad guys captured the train and decared that they’d got “ready-made hostages on board”. 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. i am an innocent man and something very wrong is taking place tonight. rock critic dave marsh thought that “surfin’ usa” began “if everybody had a notion” instead of “if everybody had an ocean. i think it pays to understand what you can, learn when you’re able, and to try to diligently proof your own stuff. it doubt, the simplest way to figure out what to use is to leave the other folks out of the sentence.“me” just hangs on the end there like a lead sinker. authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. that it shows up in writing demonstrates the way in which grammar is shaped. it isn’t something i thought of; i read it in a comic strip: bill watterson’s “calvin and hobbes. after the prison physician cloaked him in a black hood, gilmore uttered his last words to the father meersman:Gary: dominus vobiscum (latin translation: "the lord be with you. but subject / predicate disagreement is commonplace — so we might as well accept it. i was like- texas is a lot of things, but humble has never been a word associated with that state! remarkable and highly amusing, it puts you in mind of slapstick comdey. in the mid-1960s there was a song with the refrain:Dance, dance, dance when you hear that beat. before losing consciousness, selena named saldivar as her assailant and the room number she was staying at to a days inn motel employee. until i was well into my 40s, i thought “the wreck of the edmund fitzgerald” said, “the legend lives on from the chippewa on down of the peg leg they called gitchigumee. i’m surprised no one’s mentioned it before now. sometimes our mother would pick up the phone and would find that someone was using the service.” just for clarification “um” and “well” are sentence fillers in my interpretation. golden foil and silver foil,Australians all let us rejoice.: frederick ii of prussia, who noticed his greyhound shivering and issued this order to his valet.: chief sitting bull, famous for leading the sioux tribe against general custer's troops at the battle of little bighorn.” and my sister thought that when they said, “ladies and gentlemen, this is elton john” in the middle of one of his songs, that they were saying, “ladies and gentlemen, this is the end of the song. and regardless of strict correctness (which is sometimes very often in the eye of the beholder), usage generally wins out in the end. orwell famously suggested that language preceded thought, such that if the word ‘freedom’, for example, is removed from the dictionary, then the very idea of freedom will disappear with it be and be lost to humanity. pledge allegiance to the flag of the united states of america. i see the one above was called a “pseudo-mondegreen” but what about something like what lil wayne does, for example., can’t we use “their” instead of “he or she”? he spoke these words after his executioner ordered him to kneel. hymn: my brother and i always thought “bringing in the sheaves” was “bringing in the sheep.” my mom heard, “but d*ldo” yeah, my family has lots of those… lol and i remember when i was little and was watching “chitty chitty bang bang” i would always sing the theme song as “sh***y sh***y bang bang”. as muslims around the world can write lyrics out of languages mondegreen especially english through asorted media .“not only is putting “an” in front of a word with an audible h grammatically incorrect, it’s also uncommonly annoying. for life thus purchased we could not live out in dignity. she was singing the line “there’s no sex in your violence” as “there’s no sex in nevada.“all the leaves are brown” (california dreaming) -> “anneliese braun”.: tammy faye messner, a american christian singer, evangelist, entrepreneur, author, talk show host, and television personality. it was more fun when nauseous just meant “inducing nausea” and people who said, “i’m nauseous” were just insulting themselves. i didn’t think so, you pretentious bastard (i’m talkin’ to you, jbt). don’t feel the need to study language as a subject, the sheer act of reading and of writing and of talking is enough. and back when my daughter was still in grade school she liked the beach boys song about the girl who drove the t-bird — except she sang “drives like an ape now” rather than “drives like an ace now”! later, while he was sleeping, the bus flipped over and burton was flown out of its window before it crushed him to death.: carl panzram, serial killer, shortly before he was executed by hanging on september 5, 1930. regret that i should leave this world without again beholding him.” all this time i thought we were feeding the trout a breakfast of “ham and eggs!: during the battle of tulagi, private ahrens was mortally wounded while single-handedly fighting back a group of japanese soldiers attempting to infiltrate allied lines. bil thought neil young “i’ve been in my mind, it’s such a fine line” went “it’s such a fine mind”. pubs in uk were and are still named “elephant and castle” to honor an “infante of castile” who came to the court of england. brings tears to my eyes to remember my sister who just recently passed away, but when we were little we always sang simon & garfunkel’s “mrs. : i am about to – or i am going to – die: either expression is correct.” in a short period of time, “they” became common usage, and was used until the 1880s. always heard the words “chew the hot dog” instead of do the hustle. example, “he” is not gender neutral, “she” is not either, and “he or she”, “s/he” or any of that gets pretty tedious. younger daughter was driving, and her older sister was in the front seat with her, while i was in the back.: caligula (gaius julius caesar augustus germanicus), roman emperor, as he was being murdered by his own soldiers (as reported by roman historian tacitus).. pointed out something totally retarded that i did wrong (other than phil, but if i did do that wrong (see below), it’s at least not a really obvious error, or. i was very young, i was convinced that everybody was saying “l-bone” rather than elbow. #2: this is also on our list of most common grammatical errors. after being hurt, trotsky said this to his guards, who were about to kill mercader, the man who had mortally wounded him with an ice axe. son, when small, used to sing along to pink floyd: “mummy! i didn’t think so, you pretentious bastard (i’m talkin’ to you, jbt).: he said these last words over his team radio before his steering column broke and he subsequently crashed into a wall, killing him instantly. biggest gripe is the “nouning” of this adverb (another pet peeve: verbing nouns). i was a kid i thought it was “fallen oaks”, instead of “hall and oats”. just as i try to avoid showing off in a way that might impress (and so interrupt the flow of) another 10 percent. willy-nilly is now used, it seems, to mean ‘all over the place’; its original meaning of ‘whether you like it or not’ (in other words ‘willing or unwilling’) is all but forgotten., i no longer hold the beatles song “a day in the life” in as high regard as i used to, after having discovering that i was mishearing one line all along., johnny, lock the comments so i can get back to work! (yes, i’m that dumb) in sum 41′s in to deep, i thought someone was somehow “trying to keep up my bum and my head instead of going under” – they were in fact “trying to keep all the thoughts in my head”.@meg the problem in your example is not the use of “really” or “literally” specifically, the problem is that the sentence is metaphorical and using either of those words (or any like them) turns that metaphor into a factual statement (which, of course, makes for a pretty silly statement in this case). i don’t know if the song’s actually called that lol! the carol holy night, as kid i always thought the line ’round yon virgin’ was ’round, young virgin’ – as in she was pregnant and young. interesting grammar read, expecially for me as a learner of the english language. i’m looking forward to some downtime, when i’ll have a chance to read through everyone’s comments. he said it so sweet, like he was talking to someone he loved., in heartach tonight i always thought it said “there’s goona be a party tonight…” needless to say i didn’t know the name of the song.. the christmas song, sleigh ride, says: “giddyup, giddyup, giddyup, it’s grand, just holding your hand. 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! in writing that last paragraph, i showed off my supposed superiority by saying ‘none of us is’ when it’s more natural (but grammatically incorrect) to say ‘none of us are’. however, awareness can be a powerful thing and if you can make them more aware of language variation — and that different varieties are more appropriate on different occasions — they’ll be much better off. one of our school songs… “the bring you roses, and to be a saint” instead of “.“all in all you’re just another d___ (rhymes with rick) with no balls”. it seems ridiculous that i thought those were the lyrics, but if you know panic! the younger is explaining about something she saw behind her as she was driving.: final text sent to jackass co-worker bam margera, before getting involved in a car crash that would claim his life. would be pulling my hair out if i didn’t see the funny side of things.’d take turns misinterpreting it as either “no loving career” or “no love in korea”.’s with grammar posts that it always get so many comments? our aural senses have an interesting impact on our brain.” this was after having watched wheel of fortune at his grandma’s house. the field and the cave that is there were purchased from the sons of heth. one mistake i make constantly is to use ellipses (…) inappropriately. thought the star spangled banner went like:By the donserly light. was grown before i realized what the true words were.: said after springing up the gallow steps to his execution; the rope was too long, and he was decapitated. the only one i can think of offhand is the portuguese princess who married charles ii of england, but left him no legitimate heir to his throne, though more than a dozen illegitimate children who inherited various palaces, manors and titles. adams did not know that jefferson, his great political rival—and later friend and correspondent—had died a few hours earlier that same 4th of july, 1826, exactly fifty years after the signing of the declaration of independence. i was a kid a i thought old macdonald had a helper whose name was honest farmey:“old macdonald had a farm, e i e i o. john, jim, jack and jill were suppose to get equal shares of an estate.: he was fatally shot while saying mass in san salvador by a death squad assassin who fired from the entrance of the church, whom romero presumably saw. he died in the early morning hours of the next day. i have been reminding my colleagues today, who've all been incredibly supportive, that almost 10,000,000 americans are already living with cancer, and i have a lot to learn from them. comma before “and” is one of british versus us useage, the brits leave it out, the yanks put it in. i hear the word “paradise” in almost any song, my brain automatically translates it to “pair of dice” for some reason. he climbed a tree to watch the game, and they sang to him, “jose, can you see? all-time favorite mondegreen is “gladys, the cross-eyed bear” as a child’s mishearing of the famous hymn “glad is the cross i bear. however, they are the source of language change and, when adopted by enough people (especially people with power) they are considered legitimate language changes. was listening to a song called “be thou my vision,” and the lyric is “riches i heed not, nor mens’ empty praise. we still don’t know what the line actually says! name and memory i leave to man's charitable speeches, to foreign nations, and to the next age.: lowry died from his wounds after shootout with police near crookwell, new south wales. and also, you’d pause before that “and” when speaking, so it “sounds” like a comma. when the referee asked whether or not he could move, misawa replied with the above response.” of course, i’m sure that was not intended like that. “an historic” is easier to say if “historic” is pronounced correctly, but the wooden enforcement of the rule that an can only be used before a vowel has probably made it less common.) when my grandmother was little, the lesson reader in church always ended by saying, “here endeth the lesson.‘we are family’ was one of my mondegreens as well, but a different lyrical section. taking the term (or initialism) seo, what would be the correct way to write. i coudn’t stpo laughing when i heard about felix the navy dude, i am laughing right now while writing this comment lol. the original one for me, and perhaps the strangest is madonna singing “bubble down squeak”, when in fact she was singing “papa don’t preach”. thought “life in the fast lane” was “life in the bat plane.: spoken on the april 7, 2014 edition of wwe monday night raw, addressing the live audience in what would be his final live appearance. i agree (technically) with each of your examples, but have to side with others about the usage of he/she. all those against using “literally” less than literally, how do you feel about “really”? hear that song as, “keep on with the french toast, don’t stop till you get enough. if i were to chose a synonym for “went” it wouldn’t be “was”, it would be “became”.” i’ve been seeing phrases like “an historic” more and more frequently in print and online and wondering whether someone changed the rule while i wasn’t looking!: his last words in public as reported by suetonius were the more famous "behold, i found rome of clay, and leave her to you of marble. translation: it is all right; it is better to die for our country.’m sorry, but your example for the second mistake is actually grammatically correct. niece always sung the words “walk like a chip shop” instead of walk like an eygptian, the bangles! i thought it was an amazing idea for a song. said to his wife carolyn as he tried to raise himself he fell back and into unconsciousness. there is only one ‘two’ and one ‘to’ and one ‘too’ so to use any one of them in a written sentence is not accurate….“i was barney rubble” instead of “i was born a rebel” by tom petty.. i always thought the song “i love rock ‘n’ roll” by the arrows was “i love raw egg rolls. repeat this often enough, and they grow up convinced that “so-and-so and i” is always correct regardless of context. for example, regarding improper use of “myself”, you say “… if you’re using it a lot, you’re probably using it wrong. was sick & tired of everything,When i called you last night from tesco! they are often portrayed as if they were his absolute final statement, the sentence often being presented as if he did not even finish it, and altered into the form: "they couldn't hit an elephant at this dist…". not one statesman in a position of responsibility has dared to pursue the only course that holds out any promise of peace, the course of supranational security, since for a statesman to follow such a course would be tantamount to political suicide. in shakespeare's play, there is a little more to the quote.: françois rabelais, major french renaissance writer, physician, renaissance humanist, monk and greek scholar. whole point of the word “literally” is to distinguish from “metaphorically.” a rule we would use sardonically for many a microsoft product.” apparently the last part actually goes :”that i had in february of last year. the annoyance is when the word “a” is pronounced “eh” by americans who have no idea about the correct pronunciation of the english language. which is ironic cos thats where she should have been. of the carpenters singing “there’s a kind of hush”, i thought it was “there’s a tiny brush”. yes, i am aware of the technical distinction between ‘less’ and ‘fewer’, and between ‘uninterested’ and ‘disinterested’ and ‘infer’ and ‘imply’, but none of these are of importance to me." at one point early in the confusions general ovando, chief of bolivian armed forces, declared that he had died in battle, and that just before dying he had declared: "i am che guevara and i have failed" these are sometimes accepted as his last words, though subsequent reports have generally discredited that initial account. course the real words are ” baby i love your way, everyday! dutchman got an unexpected surprise from an american au pair girl for introducing himself. titled “washington bullets” by the (international) noise conspiracy on the album causes 1. because of the many different reports that have arisen, much confusion and uncertainty exists about his actual last words. free us use that sentence in any post about overused metaphors. mom thought it was “christmas is over, over and over”. my dad got a private phone installed in his new home and my aunt asked him if he was going to be on her party-line and she said, “i thought you were going to be on my line! crap, that first sentence is supposed to say “the rule… is as follows. was long under the satisfying impression that the words were, “there is no pain you are receiving. we would never notice if the fat and protein rich food with which cows, ewes and nanny goats suckled their young could not be converted to another, firmer foodstuff that went well with crackers and grapes. the first chorus “it’s a honky tonk woman” sounds like it says. i had a nickel for every time my brother gleefully called me up and shouted, “i found a typo in your article! many parents will not know what a verb is, nor will they need to, any more than you need to know what an alternator is to drive to the shops or, more pertinently, any more than you need to know what a bronchial tree or alveoli are in order to breathe.: according to his daughter nancy sinatra, as told to variety magazine senior columnist, army archerd.” as the hot word points out, my lyrics made more sense than “a banjo on my knee” — which i could not visualize at all.“it’s my litttle doo scoop (you dont know what i got)”., if you’ll excuse me, i’m late for my grammar geeks anonymous meeting. in many dialects, it is already just about equivalent — regardless of how much it annoys you. he was quite a musical chameleon as, i agree with you, it sounds for all the world to be an elvis song but it’s not. your free, no-risk 14-day trial today to fully experience rainmaker – the next-generation online marketing and sales solution.‘overheard@ at funerals: in the name of the father, and the son, and into the hole ‘e goes….: in the early morning of july 17, 1918, tsar nicholas ii and his family were led by the bolsheviks to the half-basement room at the back of the ipatiev house in hopes that they would be safe from the anti-bolsheviks' attack on the house. i knew that joke was in there somewhere, i just couldn’t dig it out. now someone will come around and offer to help me evolve. about “i decided to run quickly away”- that seems to make more sense to me. she died of peripartum cardiomyopathy on october 31, over a month after her son isaac lawrence swers was born. the most revealing for me is to listen to the backwards version first, and write down the words you hear.!The correct lyric is “stop pointing fingers, the blame is on me”., there’s a tv commercial running for symbicort for managing asthma symptoms – it includes the line [as i keep hearing it] “symbicort contains ford motor oil” which cracks me up every time. can’t stand the improper use of i for me. old joke about the child that thought the son of god’s name was andy. his son surmises that zeta angered the drug cartels with whom he was dealing, who in turn killed him and hid or disposed of the body. i thought “hallow it be thy name” was “halloween thy name”. point of those examples is that “literally” is just going the same way as “really” did. said at 6:31 am:“btw i hope everyone who has been reading this thread realise that only about 10% of people notice what they think is poor grammar…”.’m so glad someone had the guts to write this. can probably see why i’m glad the internet has song lyrics. for example:If i were a cat, i would nap all day. authors first words to his startled parents were, “hey youse! “wake me up to pour your cocoa” instead of before you go-go, in the wham! sometimes it makes me want to scream at the person talking. “they have slain the earl o’moray” (who was not irish) should be “they have slain the earl o’ moray” (that is, “of moray”, the fertile county east of inverness).” if they are handing you a bucket and asking you to fill it from the cow, *then* they’d ask for a half gallon *of* milk. 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. (i think thats the name) sang by jet it says “big black boots, long brown hair” well it was misinterpreted by me as: “big black boobs, long brown hair” (i sang that song that way for a long time). we can see, however, why the practice continues; using “they” as the universal pronoun, as well as a singular pronoun, had been going on for hundreds of years. so it looks like “impacted” means nothing more than “wedged” according to most. thought one of the young rascal’s lyrics was “you and me and leslie” when it was “you and me endlessly. oldest son, when he was about twelve, used to sing, “gmc trucks and fees for cher’s “gypsies, tramps and theives.: his final words were shouted at the spectating crowd during his execution by a firing squad. whole point of the word “literally” is to distinguish from “metaphorically. lyrics from the bee gees’ “stayin’ alive”:Now you can tell by the way i use my walk,I’m a woman’s man, no time to talk.: haydn's last words, as napoleon's troops lay siege upon vienna. there are plenty of other instances where history has not proven to be “best” in terms of grammar and vocabulary. note regarding “because” — contrary to what is seen in a number of contemporary dictionaries, “because” is not a conjunction! the look on his face when i started rattling off my email was enough to tell me i’d misinterpreted the question. hitler was hesitant in ordering his execution and gave röhm the opportunity to commit suicide., and i’ve got a twitter account, so, follow me! the actual lyrics are: ‘i know i should have thought it, at least i’m being honest. we were very young, our missionary parents had us sing at the missionary services.: he actually said this a couple of weeks before his death. think that the “an” in front of “historic” (and a few other silent h words) stems not from trying to sound educated but from trying to follow the rules. it is a source of amusement between the two of us. heard someone quietly say, after burping, “i[t] kills me…” (compare “excuse me” but which is not a lyric)… perhaps a non-english-native-speaker….…i actually wrote this as its own comment before finding yours.@everyone in the world – okay, okay… “they” is acceptable as a singular., belvita has begun airing a commercial with a catchy tune, all about how a woman had a great day because she ate their biscuits.” (no, i know there’s nothing wrong with splitting an infinitive, but some of my readers do.: john newton, anglican preacher, abolitionist, and writer of "amazing grace. 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. one mistake i make constantly is to use ellipses (…) inappropriately. 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. many, many years i thought the beatles song about the “paperback writer” said instead, “take the back riser” and i supposed it was directing a driver to take a certain road! in an attempt to avoid a wreck in front of him, roberts swerved right to avoid, and spun out.’s really amazing is how people could hear lyrics so badly off. or are they getting it wrong and therefore should be corrected? for clearing up the ‘h’ thing, i must admit i agree with you, but whether i always follow that rule, i could not say for certain. yes, it was a feminist who wanted to replace “they” with “he” as the universal pronoun. each verse of the song begins with the line “i read the news today, oh boy…” later in the song, there is a stanza which does not really thematically connect to the rest of the song at all, “i saw a film today, oh boy/the english army had just won the war/a crowd of people turned away/but i just had to look, having read the book”. secondly, not that sure about sleigh, would never conceive of different “kinds” of sleigh, i. he wrote a final note on a page from louis l'amour's book, education of a wandering man, before dying of starvation on august 18th, 1992. a small child, i thought the line from dion’s song “runaround sue” was “i keep away from a run away sewer” instead of “a-keep away from-a runaround sue. dryden was arrested after a stand-off, found guilty of murder and attempted murder and sentenced to life imprisonment with a tariff of 13 years. also it doesn’t make you look like a chimp.’ quelle suprise to find out it was ‘at night with the cold wind blowing’! suetonius himself, however, actually discounts these claims, and asserts that caesar said nothing as he died, apart from a groan."[22] prior to his suicide, stack posted an anti-government manifesto on his business website. least because nearly all of us are chimps at least some of the time. young son, singing the kenny rogers’ song, would sing: you picked a fine time to leave me, lucille, with four hundred children and the crops in the field. it would be like saying sex is a means of reproduction and no more and food a means of fuelling and no more. if the stress is on the first syllable, you use “a,” as in “a hospital.’s a star trek episode which takes place on a dysfunctional future earth. one confused europe’s “the final countdown” with “a fire downtown”? last words of notable people: final words of more than 3500 noteworthy people throughout history.@everyone in the world – okay, okay… “they” is acceptable as a singular. her in my mind all round and young until i actually read the words in the hymnal as a teen! 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a very long time, i couldn’t figure out why he couldn’t put some of the 400 children to work and where he got them. don’t be afraid of it, don’t believe it belongs to anyone else, don’t let anyone bully you into believing that there are rules and secrets of grammar and verbal deployment that you are not privy to. here’s an example of a disagreement:“clearly, this person didn’t know what they were doing. i mean, come on, is it really that hard that they can’t get it right? i was in preschool, (my dad ended up telling me this), my friend made a mondegreen that made more sense than the real lyrics. great recent source of mondegreens is ceelo green’s “forget you” i can only imagine how many people have misinterpreted “she’s a x-box and i’m atari” into all sort of perverted things (sexbot, sexpot, etc…). it could be asking if we are following the steps set out for us like a dancer. and, i think that we were taught “an” before an “h” word is formally correct. guess the doobie had something to do with this one. own contribution to the wwm (wonderful world of mondegreens) comes from the 60s rock and roll song “love potion number nine. btw, i remember being taught in grammar school that putting oneself last in a list of people was considered polite.: final radio transmission from bluebird k7 as she lifted from the surface of conniston water, flipped bow over stern and smashed to pieces on the lake surface in january 1967. the next day, he would die of a heart attack.: giacomo casanova, an italian adventurer and author from the republic of venice. people think tswift, in blank space, is singing ” all the lonely starbucks lovers ” instead of ” got a long list of ex-lovers “.: “mares-e-dotz and doz-e-dotz and little lams-e-divy, skiddle-e-divy doo, wouldn’t you? back to the christmas theme, this past holiday season there was a cell phone commercial that used “walking in a 4g wonderland” as its song, which is a play on “walking in a winter wonderland”. you i literally explode when people use literally for literally everything. at the very least, they should know the more standard meaning of the word lend. you aware that the two most commonly used 4 letter words are anagrams. my early childhood, the rogers and hammerstein musical “south pacific” was headlining broadway, famous in particular for the non-operatic singing of bass ezio pinza. the kids (then 9 and 7) said that they understood that it is important and that mommy had a lot of ways to get it for you, but didn’t understand why it was “blessed.“there’s a little black spot on the sun today”. more importantly, i’m ambivalent about sounding like a chimp. several of those customers were injured from lack of oxygen as they struggled to breathe while laughing – for this i am truly sorry. this is from sesame street: “who are the people in your neeboro, in your neeboro, in your nee-bo-ro…” instead of who are the people in your neighbourhood, in your neighbourhood, in your neigh-bour-hood….” i’m just stating what’s common, not what feels right to me. years i struggled to understand what marc bolan was getting at with “metalguru, is a jew” which eventually turned out to be metalguru, is it you? 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. had a work mate who could not understand why “police nabbed my dog” was followed by “i want to wish you a merry christmas. still am not “aware” of this, because i doubt if either explanation is at all an accurate recounting an etymology -although the stories are humorous. if it’s not, use “practically,” “essentially,” or (ideally) “metaphorically” instead. i’ll often get some lyrical passages wrong upon listening the first few times, especially if the words are slightly slurred or spoken relatively quick.’s a typical incorrect use:“the committee will consist of bob, mr. quoted in the truly great: a discourse appropriate to the life and character of john quincy adams (1848) by edwin hubbell chapin and "illness and death of john quincy adams" (little's living age, no. info, but i have to take issue with the subjunctive point., the only joke i could ever tell halfway properly was one involving a mondegreen:A circus parade was passing by a nunnery and some of the younger nuns were eagerly leaning out of the second-floor windows to see the animals and human performers.(a lame one, not as funny as some people’s). for a song, but something that used to pass on tv back in the 90s.(if you’re confused on this, try substituting a person’s name in the subject. i never could figure what that line from “across the universe” was (thought it was something along the lines of “you may glimpse undying love”). would like to see the latter take on the whore of babylon! people will get angry at you for it, but people will always be there to defend you for it as well because technically both are correct. i have been laughing myself to stitches over your lyrical misdemeanours though. are afraid of “me,” but often it’s the right choice. i don’t understand why so many people are afraid of the word “me. so much so that you will tell your stories and you will make them legends, as well.: parker was conducting a live interview about upcoming events for the 50th anniversary of smith mountain lake when she was shot several times a couple of seconds after she said the above line. good compromise is to pick a gender and run with it. imagine if the structure, meaning and usage of language was always the same as when swift and pope were alive. i was born in the south and i wish to die and be buried in the south.. “he or she” when the gender of “this person” is known, but the writer does not wish to state it. think my most famous one as a child, was caught singing along in the car to pink floyd when i loudly declared “hey!: he attempted to dogfight a japanese nakajima ki-43 fighter aircraft on low altitude having failed to dump his aircraft's auxiliary tanks, with disastrous results - his aircraft stalled and crashed due to extra weight of the tanks. always thought “today is your birthday” was “tuesday is your birthday”. 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). it would be “the (common) people” who spoke the pledge, i heard it as, “e pleb nista,” as in the latin for common man, pleb. easiest way to prove (or figure out) that “myself” is wrong is to leave bob and mr. friend of mine thought the expression was, “it’s a doggy dog world.!Let’s not forget the rampant misuse of “hopefully” and “disinterested”:“hopefully we’ll qualify for the olympics. sounds like you are very familiar with the tenants of writing well!” i think it’s stronger the way i first heard it, but then again i’m not pete townshend. think is a little better an makes more sense “just is” than “just us”. my cousin, a rock music enthusiast, who has delved into the genre in a more academic manner, told me the word was ‘receding’, i found myself comfortably in denial, and still insist the phrase is more sacred with the word ‘receiving’!, not sure if you’re joking but one of those things is racially insensitive and one of them is just a nationality. truant, i find that i’m more and more paranoid about my writing. i don’t begrudge people errors unless they’re repetitive and obvious.” they would actually get to the point of an argument! kids, we both thought the closing line in gene autry’s “rudolph the red nosed reindeer” was “you’ll go down and hiss the ree. my aunt asked one of my cousins what he’d done in sunday school he replied, “we sang the warship song. prophetically, my very little girl cousin recited, ” i pledge allegiance to the united states of a merry- go- round. historically, “an” is used before “h” if the h is silent, *or if the first syllable is unstressed. känner mig sömnig, ett kort ögonblicks vila skulle göra mig gott. always thought that tina turner’s “what’s love got to do with it” said. do english teachers in school find it very difficult to teach the subjunctive mood of the verb to their students? parsed sentences as a little girl for fun, so this was a treat, literally, like.: timothy leary he also is known to have repeatedly said "why not" with various inflections prior to this, and these are often reported as his final words. my favorite was “i don’t wanna wait in vain for your love”. for the meantime, seal it in a baggie and stash it in your hoodie. don’t most of us pronounce the “h” in “historic,” but not in “honorable? friend told me that she always thought that instead of “in excelsis deo” it was “in egg shells a day old” from the hymn “angels we have heard on high. i know that in the 1960’s we were taught “an historic” is proper.” but it’s also common to remove the final and for stylistic reasons. the really clever bits, the structure and lexical rules … these no parent can teach because it’s highly unlikely they will even be aware of them. it kills me much more than the five listed here. they're shooting me for that brass i stole when i was 12 years old. but is it true what you wrote on the cancer and the herbal doctor ?: of all the condemned nazis, he was the only one to salute hitler before his own execution. “run quickly away” reminds me too much of brave sir robin to ever say it with a straight face. the list to sandwiches:“our sandwich choices are tuna, ham, turkey, peanut butter and jelly. you ever heard someone sing the wrong lyrics to a song? until about 3 years ago, he thought “big girls don’t cry” was “big girl, small fry. tea is the leftover muscato that has been used to flavor foie gras.. this post is currently the ninth most popular post on copyblogger, ranking by number of comments and pingbacks. therefore, if you hear “kicked by a rose off the grave”, that is in fact your version of the song. i’m not converging on a conclusion any time soon. however, because it’s so common to use it incorrectly, people think you are the idiot. it was supposed to be a child’s chopped sirloin.. sorry, can’t agree with you on your example here., just my wonky-since-childhood hearing, and add my wonky sense of humor~!” i looked it up on google and apparently a lot of people thought that’s what it was too. then there was the one who thought jesus’ second name was ‘andy’ because of the hymn ‘in the garden’: “andy walks with me, andy talks with me, andy tells me i am his own…”.: thomas, a death row inmate executed by the state of texas in 2005 for murder, had made a lengthy final statement before the lethal injection started. quoted in louisa may alcott: her life, letters and journals (1805) by ednah d. i had, as i now think vainly, flattered myself that without very much bloodshed it might be done. we should get together and talk about that mad affiliate cash you just sent me. there was a comedy recording once based on the story of cinderella (who was referred to as rinder cella) that was full of made up spoonerisms — like “a linding blash of flight” for “a blinding flash of light” and “sisty uglers” for “ugly sisters. (this is invoking the name of rama, rather than an expression of surprise). always thought that the chorus of the killers’ “somebody told me” went like “somebody told me that you had a boyfriend, that looked like a girlfriend, that i had in fairview, where he was last year. “if i was” is not always incorrect:If i were – something that is never going to happen. time someone writes “an historic” in this thread, i hear it in anna doolittle’s voice in me ‘ead.: wilhelm canaris, member of the july 20 plot, his last note before execution to the man in the cell next to him.: pope john paul ii, uttered in his papal apartments, seconds before he died.@phil, you say that “went” is the past tense of “to be”. bee gees “bald headed woman”, turned out to my surprise to actually be “more than a woman”. thus, only in a series (of reasons for something, one would assume) would “because” ever be preceded by a comma! i agree (technically) with each of your examples, but have to side with others about the usage of he/she. in a blue-moon, the improper use of rule #4 roars with hilarity and leaves permanent imprint in one’s memory.-graders learning to sing the advent hymn, “o come, o come emmanuel,” when asked to pronounce the second line individually (“and ransom captive israel”) came out with:“and random cats of israel” and. as the climax, they would release a wrecking ball, which swung across the stage and smashed some plywood. if you say “loose” instead of “lose” once, it’s cool… but if it’s obvious that you think “loose” is the right word (“i want to loose some weight”), then sorry, but i’m probably going to think you’re dumb. i was very young i heard someone say, “gesundheit” after someone else had sneezed. after the call, prinze pulled out a gun from the sofa and shot himself in the head. do use “they” as a singular pronoun all the time. one hilarious moment i had and i tell everyone was. i don’t think that’s a grammatical matter… just personal style/preference. andrew, you are mistaken:A word or phrase resulting from a misinterpretation of a word or phrase that has been heard. i really can hear that in my head right now! touched on a number of my (least) favourite grammatical annoyances, which annoy me most when i’m the guilty party. it might seem less strange if you think of “yes, please” as a complete thought but think of “yes, thank you” as two thoughts: “yes” = an answer to your question, plus “thank you” as something tagged on to express gratitude for the offer. i first listened to disturbia:Original: “your train of thought will be altered.” yet one of the guides (i think it’s ap) says that that final comma shouldn’t be there. che is referring to information that he had about the ambush that the bolivian army had prepared, and during which che was arrested. always wondered what a maiden liblush was until i found the verse printed out. now he knows it bothers me so much, he does it just to play up. she has just been declared a ‘doctor of the church’ by pope john paul ii."] no, but i'd rather be skiing than doing what i'm doing.: im leavin wendy im pitter pan knowin jesus way things i couldnt do before i jumpinthepan cuz im leavin ears a pitter pan. brahms notes the letter is reprinted in letters of jane austen (1884) by jane austen. may have a lot of bad habits in this country, but i daresay that the english currently spoken in great britain is a far cry from the english that was spoken there 200 years ago. “myself” should only be used reflexively, to refer back to the subject. i was a kid, we would sing a song in church that asked, “are you sowing the seed of the kingdom, brother? just shows mum was right about not being able to hear what they were singing about!. this post is currently the ninth most popular post on copyblogger, ranking by number of comments and pingbacks. it’s just the preterit of impact, which can mean “to have a direct effect on”. my ears, that sounds so strange, im used to hearing, yes please. instead of ‘you picked a fine time to leave me lucille, 4 hungry children and a crop in the fields’ she sang ’400 children…’. i was little and sang in my church choir, we had to sing a song called “i heard the lord call my name. think that two nations, over a period of more than 200 years, would develop separations in their common language… unthinkable! the world is a beautiful place, travel has been my greatest teacher, my close friends and folks are the greatest givers. band sang about plenty of environmental issues, so it kinda made sense. and regardless of strict correctness (which is sometimes very often in the eye of the beholder), usage generally wins out in the end. i knew that joke was in there somewhere, i just couldn’t dig it out.’t remember what the song was called but the lyrics go “i’m blue, double dee double die”. i must admit, however, that they do pay attention even if it takes many years.” (object of the preposition) or “i gave myself a haircut. it says, “let it fill my soul and drowned my fears”. second quote was spoken to his physician when asked if he was suffering greatly; he died about two hours later. what would you consider an modegreen that was done intentional? also, knowing how to do things the “standard” way is useful for those occasions when it is important.” i expect this latter phrase leapt at my ears because, given the song is called ‘comfortably numb’, it is presumable the lyricist meant to say that any pain, as there may be, was cut off from the receptor cells in one’s brain, rendering the person numb. edit my comment if you like, post this one as well, whichever you prefer. i went fishing with my dad when i was little he explained to me about the bait we were using and it made perfect sense to me. in stuart dodgson collingwood, the life and letters of lewis carroll (1898), pp.: rizal mentioned it moments before being shot by a firing squad. reading through these comments, i just now discovered that the lyric in blinded by the light is “revved up like deuce” and not “wrapped up like a douche” – which i’ve always found rather disgusting., the first time i heard the eagles “hotel california” album, i wondered who victor mcglove was. later i found out he was saying “it’s up that i fell”.: he was found dead in his apartment three days later on 28 august 2009 after friends called police when they were unable to contact him for several days. i was younger, i remember singing along to mustang sally by los lobos. sometimes the way singers pronounce certain words just doesn’t make sense because it doesn’t match what we learn in school. it’s she who holds her tongue who gets a man! had a friend who thought tlc’s “chasing waterfalls” said “go, go jason waterfalls” instead of “don’t go chasing waterfalls.. a queensryche song says: “i’m all alone, and it’s another rainy night…”. his reasons for refusing to see a priest as he lay dying. a hail of dumdum bullets, normally used for hunting big game like elephants and prohibited in warfare, was fired into villa's car from ambush, and he was struck in the heart and the head. it didn’t take long though, to find that smashing guitars can be expensive, and there aren’t a lot of replacements. i don't know how you get along so fast with the traffic on the roads these days.-this is meant to be interpreted two ways, one, he gave his mom (ms. in general, “myself” is a word you shouldn’t find much use for, so if you’re using it a lot, you’re probably using it wrong. could it be that the stones are having fun at our expense? i’m sure there’s a more accurate one somewhere. (have top admit it is more fun than”as sure as you’re born”) and we still sing it that way with a chuckle now that she is 12!” in each of those cases, the number (singular or plural) in the subject agrees with the number in the predicate. up i always thought kenny rogers lucille had a verse that said 400 kids and the crops in the fields…instead what it said was 4 hungry kids. they indeed are objects of pity who fight against their king, their country, and their oath. the more general point about subject-verb agreement is important, though.“just speed it” instead of “just beat it” (michael jackson).. here it should be “me,” as this is the object of the sentence and follows a preposition. i was very little, i thought that l, m, n, and o in the alphabet were one letter with a very long name, “elemeno”. man, i am staying up late reading all these comments:My daughter was 2 or 3 and we caught her singing the line in deck the halls as “follow me and be very careful” instead of “follow me in merry measure” (that on melted our hearts). are so many (that i can’t think of at the moment)! when singing my country tis of thee, i used to sing “sweet land of liberty, of the hi-c. lot of kids have problems with the australian national anthem, so here it is:Australians all are ostriges,For we are one, two, three. you’re ever in doubt, try to say:“the committee will consist of myself. this is particularly true if you’re writing a post designed to elicit laughs.: giuseppe zangara, who in 1933 had attempted to assassinate president-elect franklin d. supply lyrics i want to give it all | song lyrics. and the rest of the world can kiss my ass. for years my brother and i thought the main chorus was, ” blinded by the light,Revved up like a douche, in the roner of the night.ólcie mi pójść do domu ojca (polish for "let me go to the house of the father"). a second volley destroyed the bunker and beeter was killed. to be fair, a lot of bush’s lyrics seem kind of random, but we made jokes about this for years, like if there’s no sex in nevada, why is prostitution legal there? it’s a widespread problem that must be eradicated, by force, if necessary! john, jim, jack and jill were suppose to get equal shares of an estate. up and post something that’s not anonymous… no one here takes anyone seriously if they don’t have a site for us to look at. in the cash game, livin’ in the fast lane, i’m for real” well, i thought he said: comin’ up as a ni66a with a cat name livin’ in a fat lane, i’m for real…it’s funny to me, lol.“papel higiénico” ( don’t stop ‘til you get enough). course you don’t say “an horse” or “an house” because it sounds wrong. it kills me much more than the five listed here. british government had a great idea in the 60s; they decided the best way of teaching english was to encourage pupils to write phonetically. “feliz navidad” and she looked up the lyrics to prove us wrong. truant is the author of how to be legendary: a realistic guide to being the superhuman you're supposed to be, the awesome (and free) next logical step if you enjoyed this post. he had just removed the oxygen tube from his mouth in the hospital.…i think the ayatollah khomeini was unpopular at that time and we were hearing a lot about issues in iran. it’s weird, and i wouldn’t use it online, but i also wouldn’t dismiss it as incorrect. lee's surrender, and after completing his entry, shot himself in the head. just read through any rulebook published by white wolf games. like getting the grammar correct when writing and i am scared to write too much here in case it’s all wrong. many years, i thought the eagles song “life in the fast lane” was “life in the vaseline. something like scunt (surveillance camera universal network, or whatever) then the acronyms might have passed into our language and its simple denotation would have taken on all the dark connotations which would allow “one nation under scunt” to have much more impact as a resistance slogan than “one nation under cctv”. i listened to lady gaga’s “love game” i thought for weeks she was singing “domino game” after the chorus but what was actually said was “doin’ the love game.. and if she’s besides me i know i need medicare”! people will get angry at you for it, but people will always be there to defend you for it as well because technically both are correct. maybe that’s the reason i’ve been acting so cold…” (actual lyrics: cause i’ve been acting like sour milk fell on the floor, it’s your fault you didn’t shut the refrigerator…). i say “an herb”, why should i be so fussy about “an historic”. when gill declined to answer the question, carleton walked away and suffered a heart attack; he was pronounced dead on the way to the hospital.“you’d say anything to a butterfly” instead of “you’d say anything to avoid a fight” (huey lewis).“you’re like a canary in a coma(coal mine)”.” maybe it was their west texas pronunciation that had me thinking (until second grade, or so) that it was a “chester drawers. none of my guests nor i mentioned it was saturday, so, for me, it was a sunday dinner.: julius streicher, publisher of the infamous nazi tabloid der stürmer and one-time gauleiter of franconia, moments before being hanged for crimes against humanity. the soldier killed him, despite specific instructions not to, resulting in his execution.. so the said stench would be stowed on a high section of the ship.: christina marie riggs, first woman executed in arkansas on may 2, 2000. me die in the old uniform in which i fought my battles for freedom, may god forgive me for putting on another. you’re bristling at this one, ask yourself if you’d say, “an horse” or “an house. apply the grammar and punctuation rules that help us communicate better, as in the difference between its and it’s, the most common mistake. can never say two strippers were all over i; thus you can never say two strippers were all over jim and i.: otto lilienthal pioneer of human aviation, after on 9 august 1896 a gust of wind fractured his wing and he fell from a height of 17 m (56 ft), breaking his spine. there’s a man who,Positively can do, all the things that make us…. and why didn’t the auto correct correct the auto fill? the yangs win and in the celebratory ritual the bring out a tattered american flag and the tribal leader begins “e plag nista…. always thought it was “deviled ham, deviled ham – carve it!: hans scholl, leader of the white rose, german anti-hitler resistance movement. i don’t understand why so many people are afraid of the word “me. me thinks that the wife of (insert property owner’s name here) doth not think what she thinks she means.” my husband, though, is the reigning king of mondogreens– you name it and he’s misunderstood it! thought that in coldplay’s song every teardrop is a waterfall they said “and kids these days, or kids all night” i didn’t realize i was wrong until i looked up the lyrics online and realized it was “and all the kids they dance, all the kids all night”. it would be: “please may i have half a gallon of milk? i don't believe that people should take their own lives without deep and thoughtful reflection over a considerable period of time. i was relieved to know that it was four hungry children. the official cause of death was listed as a cervical spinal cord injury. if you’ve used “if,” that’s a pretty good indicator that were is appropriate:“i wouldn’t do that if i were you. pete townsend still has a guitar he calls frankenstein, because it is made of parts of seven different smashed guitars. interestingly, “autologous” is autologous, too, along with common words like “common” (it is common) and “short” (it is short). i always thought he said in sodomy instead of inside of me. if felt that if we were going to “remember it”, we should learn how to pronounce it. recently heard children who mistook the phrase in a church song “i’m forever grateful. husband thought the lyrics to the marcy playground song “sex and candy” was “i smell sex and candied yams” instead of “i smell sex and candy, yeah”. that is all it takes – how does it sound best. for example, you would not say “the committee will consist of i,” so your example is wrong. had they written out “a historic” i have no doubt they would have added the “n” the same way their grandson adds it to “a html editor., 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.” i still don’t know if his subsequent line is “well my answer pretty much died,” or “well my hands are pretty much tied,” because he was laughing during the delivery.: these words were not spoken, but written on a note and handed to a guard right before his execution. misuse of hopefully & “i feel nauseous” <–hmm, i stand corrected, merriam-webster says “i feel nauseous” is acceptable. i’m always correcting him and can’t seem to explain it sufficiently.: spoken to his wife as he lapsed in and out of consciousness. story is very much like one my mother tells me. [upon a minister trying to calm him] get to hell out of here, you son of a bitch! i’m satisfied that you just shared this useful info with us. thought the go-go’s “our lips are sealed” was “honest i feel ya”. 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. a child i always sang the song verse “michael row your boat ashore” as “like a rose upon the shore. of my best include “have some snickers and snacks and just relax” from an old tune whose name i can’t recall, and if i must be honest i never really believed my interpretation was correct but i just loved the idea of someone saying that! have me decently buried and do not let my body be into a vault in less than two days after i am dead. friend, having never heard of scotland’s mull of kintyre, thought paul mccartney was singing about “ma, lookin tired” !” it made more sense as written by lennon & mccartney: paperback writer! belgians stormed the boat and demanded van speyjk take the dutch flag down.) 1974-1976 or is it from the original circular (pre-digestation), (and i would be truly humbled and reside in a state of anticipation awaiting further mondegreens and insights into the moments that make life special and endearing). always had to laugh when we were kids, and my brother used to insist that the lyrics for the stampeders’ “wild eyes” were pronounced as ‘woun eyes’. it’s weird, and i wouldn’t use it online, but i also wouldn’t dismiss it as incorrect. “would of”, “should of”, and “could of” are incorrect—that’s what makes them mondegreens (though not very meaty ones like ‘lady mondegreen”)..” my mother thought it said in spanish “un avestruz” (ostrich in english)…nowadays when i hear this song i always say “un avestruz.“there’s a bathroom on the right” –> actually “there’s a bad moon on the rise” from bad moon rising. as a young kid, i didn’t realize the song “michelle” by the beatles was being sung in french.: jean-paul marat, jacobin publisher of l'ami du peuple (the people's friend), just after being stabbed by charlotte corday. may such sentiments be held universally in the outraged and down-trodden south, though in silence and stillness, until the now far-distant day shall arrive for just retribution for yankee usurpation, oppression and atrocious outrages, and for deliverance and vengeance for the now ruined, subjugated and enslaved southern states! such spelling isn’t used because they’re necessarily ignorant of proper spelling, or even because the new spellings are more efficient (they sometimes aren’t), but rather because they identify the writers as members of certain social groups, i. it’s done by queen and written by freddie mercury. just the other day, my mom misheard “bomb patrol” as “boob patrol. “h” is a consonant, so use “a historic”, except in your example of “hour” when it sounds like a vowel so use “an.: francis "two gun" crowley, an american murderer and career criminal. i must say that my stomach muscle is in knots from so much laughing so thank you for the enlightenment and enjoyment. always thought that journey’s song “don’t stop believin” said “strangers dancing” instead of “strangers waiting”.“if you’re using it a lot, you’re probably using it wrong.” i learned the difference because a girl laughed at me for singing those lyrics. used to sang “we wish you a merry chistmas and a happy new you, good tainin we bring to you and your fry… ¡oh, bring us a piggy pudding! dillinger died when a bullet passed through his brain, leaving him little opportunity for final speeches. answer to your question is this:Drop bob and mr. the actual lyric makes so much more sense with the next line of the song “another runner in the night” lol (if that is, in fact, the correct next line! just the same, the state of ohio has succeeded in its quest for my life by way of perjured testimony and false witnesses who were paid to tell the lies they did.: colonel rick husband, commander of the doomed space shuttle mission sts-107. many believe it was not an asp that she used to commit suicide, but rather some makeshift poison.” but it’s also common to remove the final and for stylistic reasons. i’m glad to know there’s actually a word for this! you can hardly find it which reflects how amazing they are. treadwell to his girlfriend, amie huguenard, as he was being mauled to death by a bear. one should always write with one’s audience in mind. i was little and the song “all my lovin” would play i thought paul mccartney was singing “and while i’m away, i’ll ride home everyday” iwhich doesn’t make sense, does it?: hicks didn't die until 11 days later, but he quit speaking after saying this. agree with you on all points, with the exception of “an historical. the clause set off with commas is removed, you have….” i believe they encourage the passive voice rather than the active voice, which does, indeed, make for dull reading. [soap_box_mode=on], in my humble opinion, one must always write in a way that clearly conveys what you want to say. (like several men, but with an a instead of the men. burnett received the message and gift the day after ball had died.! i saw somewhere that the song was inspired by a shooting on mall property a long time ago or something but when i tried to look it up i couldn’t find the origin on the song but the shooter’s name was robert so thats why the song says “robert’s got a quick hand, he’s looking ’round the room won’t tell you his plan he’s got a rolled cigarette…hanging out his mouth he’s a cowboy kid” i thought that first verse was pretty good for foster the people. out my twitter:@krissy – i have no reference, of course, because i’m sloppy about things like that., in “i am a child of god” (lds primary song), the line is “lead me, guide me, walk beside me”.” however, she heard “here rendeth the lesson” and thought that the page had been torn at that point and they couldn’t go any further! james and the shodelles sang “crimson and clover, over and over”. just drop off the key lee…(sounded like) just drop of the tea leaves.’s see, there’s ccr’s “bad moon rising” with some people thinking that the lyric “there’s bad moon on the rise” was “there’s bathroom on the right”. when i told him he wasn’t my son then asked, “so how come they keep saying he is muscle tough?“make the bag right, girl”- that’s “paperback writer. but explain to them, too, that in school it has a different meaning and you want them to use that meaning for practice.… so really we should be praising them for keeping this tradition going. though the official words are “there’s a bad moon on the rise”, john fogerty, being a good sport and knowing of this humorous mondegreen, sometimes actually sings it in concerts as “there’s a bathroom on the right. i struggled with him… we… entered… talk about french statistics… he struck me… please say to our friends… i am sure… of the victory… of the fourth international… onward. here declare my unmitigated hatred to yankee rule -- to all political, social and business connection with the yankees and to the yankee race.“mally moos and drowsy dreams” in “out of touch” by hall and oates.: these are the last sentences in adolf hitler's last will and political testament respectively. “i” is often used in johnny’s example because to many ears it sounds better, but it’s not correct. my little sister was younger, she thought that, for the song “we are the world”, they were saying, “it’s true, a michael, michael joe, just chu and me. i thought it ended with “gray god our king” instead of “great god our king”. in mind, language (at least, english) is a living language, and to try to proscribe any changes is a losing proposition. (there’s always one of those) i have to add that i have a close friend who is highly educated in language and grammar and she has taught me to get off my high horse (in most cases). because of this, my mother thought i understood the words she was singing. i must confess, for example, that i find it hard not to wince when someone aspirates the word ‘aitch’. to the end he claimed to have been following orders.: said after he jumped from a window in lisbon, portugal in 1813. up and post something that’s not anonymous… no one here takes anyone seriously if they don’t have a site for us to look at. best one i can think of, aside from bruce springsteen’s lyric, “…wrapped out like a deuce, another runner in the night.: frank "tight lips" gusenberg, american mobster murdered as part of the saint valentine's day massacre.” corporate people in my business writing classes love the word. my adult son was 3 he used to sing “train tracks keep falling on my head” instead of “rain drops keep falling on my head”–one of those mistakes that’s just too cute to correct! i must admit, however, that they do pay attention even if it takes many years. brother thought it was “thirty thieves in a thunder jeep” instead of “dirty deeds done dirt cheap”. a young child in the 80′s hearing the song “you spin me right round” i thought it said, “you spin me right round, baby, right round like a rabbit, baby, right round, round, round. no longer use the same english language that we used in the 10th century, or the 16th century. my partners english is not good, but my maths are lousy and he is a whiz on that score. the electric slide, as a kid i always thought that “i’m going to take you on a potty run” what what the lyrics, “i’m going to take you on a party ride” were saying! brown band’s ‘toes’:He sings, “got my toes in the water, ants in the sand,” which, for those of you that know the song, is preferable to hear from a child… by now we’re pretty sure he knows the ‘correct’ lyric, but continues to sing it his way to avoid trouble….– my (much) older brother loved chuck berry’s “roll over beethoven” and played it incessantly. are 69 comments as i’m writing this, so forgive me if i’m repeating anyone. checked out a few sites, here is one of the references i used:First let me say that “she” is not the preferred universal pronoun.“my love has got no money, he’s got his dungarees. a young kid growing up in the north end of boston, i always interpreted this verse in “jingle bells”…”in a one horse open sleigh”, as, “in a one horse ‘soap and’ sleigh/slay”. have had that discussion regarding “badly,” though, and i’m not convinced. have been a lot of them over the years (most forgotten until the song comes on) but this comes to mind…. too further correct you, practically would have the same implication in the stated sentence if one follows the same pedantic rules.’s not that i’d argue with many of the points that johnny truant made.’s a blog post i wrote in september 2008:I recently heard a story on a national radio program that began with this line: “there’s tales, there’s tall tales, and then there’s super-sized tales. 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. i was a little kid, i just knew that “hungry eyes” by eric carmen from dirty dancing was really “hungry ass. “they” is widely used for “he/she”, and with good reason. like other parts of language, punctuation is also subject to change.: hexum was napping on the set of cover up during a delay in the filming of an episode. gaga’s poker face seems to contain the lines, “cherry pie cherry pie” (can’t read my). i 1st heard the song “brave” by sara bareilles was on a dog food commercial. here it should be “me,” as this is the object of the sentence and follows a preposition. let me be the first to say you are nitpicking.” to drop the one “and” you already had you’d need to use a colon, as in, “our sandwich choices are: tuna, ham, turkey, peanut butter, jelly. the rest of you, you know where you can go. just remember to consider the number of the verb you’re contracting and the subject that follows it. never understood what that was supposed to mean, until seeing the actual lyrics:[blinded by the light.. the oxford comma (the comma before the ‘and’) is perfectly acceptable and should always be used for clarity. when it got to “knocking on heaven’s door”, my 4 year old daughter looked at her older brother and stated, “it’s kevin’s door, duh! the sentence would still make sense without it and could be moved: “i, myself, did the job. jackson’s ease on down the road, it says “don’t you give up walking cause you gave up shoes,” and until right now when i looked it up, i thought it was “walking like a gay masseuse.” instead of “they paved paradise and put up a parking lot. no, because now it sounds like “quickly” modifies “decided”, when it actually modifies “run”. for example, regarding improper use of “myself”, you say “… if you’re using it a lot, you’re probably using it wrong. yet you explained it very well and made it so easy to understand!! at the disco’s “new perspective”: he says “stop there and let me correct it”, but i heard “strawberry money directive”. for clearing up the ‘h’ thing, i must admit i agree with you, but whether i always follow that rule, i could not say for certain. whereas “really” is very generic (wow, that building is really big!, when used as in the example above, “myself” was used as an intensifier. heard a girl’s name in the chorus, “oh, oh tammy-moe! used to think the line “one horse open sleigh” in “jingle bells” was “one or soap in sleigh”. nowadays “jeff’s nuts” is a christmas standard for all of us.: being hopeful: “hopefully, he put his hand on her knee. a foreigner i’m terrified to write here, but i’m looking for an answer to a small argument i’m having with my husband.(inflammatory, perhaps, judging by the length of this comment list, but not crazy!

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: rabelais is attributed the third pair of last words from having said to have spoken this after wrapping himself in his domino, a spanish hooded cloak, a word which, in latin, means lord or master..I never understood why when it came on the radio, my mother never questioned it. i thought i saw him walking, up over the hills… (etc. notice how the meaning of the statement changes with each relocation of the word. to a prostitute as she left his hotel room following a weekend-long drug and sex binge. it may sound queer, and funny to your ear: a little bit jumbled and jivey, but mares eat oats, and does eat oats, and little lambs eat ivy. this leads to dashes, parentheses, and ellipses as i try to insert the pauses where they “should” be.: this is an exclamation to ram (or rama), who in hindu traditions is one of the manifestations of vishnu.: pages with inadequate citationsarticles with unsourced statementslast wordshidden category: pages using isbn magic links. one that gets on my nerves the most lately is the blatant misuse of “bring” and “take”. i'm tired of being the funniest person in the room. to know what the lyrics were actually supposed to be, instead of the nonsense that my brain thought they were, i looked up the lyrics for “enough” by a rotterdam november. love it when you figure out that something is correct, and so you use it correctly.’s ‘killing loneliness’, i’d sing ‘memories and sharp-ass daggers/ pierce into the flesh of today’ instead of ‘memories, sharp as daggers/ pierce into the flesh of today’.: jim morrison, american poet and lead singer of the doors. my pops told me about all the different things he would imagine when he thought of someone flying a “paper cup”.: ernest martin, american murderer executed june 18, 2003 for the murder of cleveland-area store owner robert robinson. he thought the line “ooo, i hear laughter in the rain” was “who are you after in the rain” i had him listen very carefully, but he could never be disuaded. makes more sense as that as in are we denser than human? there’s one thing you don’t want to be, it’s accidentally hilarious. i bet you never make typos or say something wrong because you’re just that perfect!, when used as in the example above, “myself” was used as an intensifier. far as the steve miller lyric goes, it was a mystery to me too, but it turns out that he is using a word from another song which he himself misheard or misunderstood. do they ever yoke impossible words together for the sound-sex of it? must pardon me, gentlemen, for being a most unconscionable time a-dying.(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. if i can’t write around the problem, i still use “he” unless i’m bound by a client’s guidelines. the line should be “my world crumbles when you’re not here”. am here to appreciate the good work of this site for helping to locate my helper who is dr ekaka.'m going, but i'm going in the name of the lord. using the initial example, you’d come up with, “clearly, bob didn’t know what they were doing.“long before the use of generic he was condemned as sexist, the pronouns they, their, and them were used in educated speech and in all but the most formal writing to refer to indefinite pronouns and to singular nouns of general personal reference, probably because such nouns are often not felt to be exclusively singular: if anyone calls, tell them i’ll be back at six. who do you know goes on on friday night looking for a little “fortification”? the song “piano man” by billy joel, i was convinced, as a child, that billy sung “and the piano sounds like a carnivore.@schapi – when i was in kindergarten i thought “elimentopee” was a single letter in the alphabet (l m n o p). you slip into a suit for an interview and you dress your language up too. because of him i always was afraid of redheads, until my youngest daughter was born. irregardless: if you had went to look up a lot of this stuff you would have saw that its rite. it is a shame in a way that it would now be considered too cruel to repeat the experiments, just imagine how much would be revealed by a study of these unique languages. error that irks me the most is:“…for additional information, contact myself. who doesn’t know there’s no mayonnaise in ireland ?: “mares-e-dotz and doz-e-dotz and little lams-e-divy, skiddle-e-divy doo, wouldn’t you? it supposed to be:“fires burning, fires burning,Draw nearer, draw nearer,In the gloaming, in the gloaming…”. last radio transmission before being killed in the may 1980 eruption of mount st., perhaps some caveats are in order when making posts such as this?” then there was “johnny make my brown eyes blue” (don’t it make my brown eyes blue,” and my personal favorite, from kenny rogers “lucille”: “you picked a fine time to leave me lucille; four hundred children and a cop in the field!@april – i actually mentioned nauseous/nauseated on my blog and everyone jumped all over me saying that nauseous is correct. thought the words to a song were “i see the stars today” instead of “our school will shine today”…. wonder about the use of “whether or not” in the following sentence, though:“whenever you use ‘literally,’ stop and think about whether or not what you’re saying is actually true, in those exact words. he tabled the motion and chaired the meeting in which nouns were made verbs. remember, just when you think all the sounds of dogs barking, people mowing their lawns and children screaming are driving you mad, they may just be keeping you sane! and then, much to my chagrin, you committed one of my own pet peeves in comment #19. i do believe strongly, however, that the right to do so is one of the most fundamental rights that anyone in a free society should have. trick’s “i want you to want me”:Instead of “didn’t i , didn’t i , didn’t i see you crying”.” in my defense, i thought they were very odd and unpoetic lyrics and would listen verrry closely each time the song came on the radio, but that’s what it always sounded like! sister informed me that it was actually:“cause this glow, you and i have come to know, is a lie, and we must move on… i can see through these glass eyes that led me on i’m in this room you’re in that and you play hearts like instruments. the reason many people use “an” with “historic” is because “history” came to english by way of old french (“histoire”), in which the “h” is silent. 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. why did i take the time to go into the information above? willie nelson’s album red headed stranger there is a song that says, “can i sleep in your arms tonight lady. also, knowing how to do things the “standard” way is useful for those occasions when it is important. truant, i find that i’m more and more paranoid about my writing.” to drop the one “and” you already had you’d need to use a colon, as in, “our sandwich choices are: tuna, ham, turkey, peanut butter, jelly.: kristen stewart from the twilight movies recently told a reporter, “i get to do something that literally if i didn’t get to do it, i would implode. dad digs a hole and they stand around it for a funeral. as an editor, i find it’s often overused (incorrectly), not underused. share some of your favorite mondegreens in the comments below.: virgil, roman poet, he wrote the eclogues (pastoral poetry), the georgics (ostensibly a didactic guide to farming), and the aeneid (the foundation myth of rome), hence "pastures, fields and kings. can be a king or a street sweeper, but everyone dances with the grim reaper.: said seconds before his death at a pickup basketball game. when i point it out to any one who will listen, they too hear “pee” instead of “be”. ‘sail away’ as sand the way or snail way and ‘deh, deh’ has ‘eh, eh’ and shrugging in orinocco flow (enya). way to choose between ‘a’ and ‘an’ that has to be placed infront of a word starting with ‘h’ will be of good help to basic learners of english.: at the gallows, frank, one of the only two war criminals to show true remorse for his crimes during the nuremberg trials and sentencing, quietly answered to his name and calmly said these words before he was hanged.: reverend james warren "jim" jones, founder and leader of the peoples temple. last words of notable people: final words of more than 3500 noteworthy people throughout history. this way that the god of israel reveals to me from the highest skies! 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. who are interested in writing will quickly discover the basic rules, and will – like the rest of us – embark on a lifetime of learning. was basically slackjawed once when a friend of mine and i were walking along and he started singing the rolling stones get off of my cloud like this;. in the act of contrition, we pray “o, my god, i am heartily sorry for having offended thee…” the kids in ccd/religion class would almost always say “o, my god, i am hardly sorry for having offended thee…” nothing like saying the exact opposite and dissing god in the process. however, according to strunk and white the elements of style, using “they” as a singular pronoun is’n’t correct. it doubt, the simplest way to figure out what to use is to leave the other folks out of the sentence. always thought it was:Now i’m feelin so fried like cheese sticks. spelling can really give things away and i have found there are certain words that my fingers just don’t want to spell correctly. song “secret agent man” sounds a lot like “secret asian man. we later relized it was ” ooh rub that smooth skin! i had to choose one thing to judge the merits of a piece of writing, it is the quality of the content, not the grammar. i listen to it over and over and it still sounds like “it’s a honky tonk willy”. like these i wish people would concentrate on the obvious mistakes (like that/which, which kills me every time; or apostrophe abuse, which is rampant), and not nitpick the “rules” that aren’t really rules. the sentence would still make sense without it and could be moved: “i, myself, did the job. and when he tried to tell him otherwise, hgis brother defended his mondegreen by reciting the other lyrics “winchester the negro, you’re bringing me down, you stood and you watched as, my baby left town”. pinker to have acknowledged you as the source of the error in interpretation of the ccr song title…bad moon on the rise? ugly in the way picasso, stravinsky and eliot were once thought ugly and before them monet, mahler and baudelaire. the clause set off with commas is removed, you have…. and i understood why i couldn’t find the song when i searched 4 it online. wife, inspired by her french lessons, was feeling romantic when she returned home – so she flung the door open and enthusiastically declared, “je t’adore! a worthy cause indeed for those writers who take pride in their craft to rise up and counter the onslaught of excuses for poor grammar–from just being conversational to blackberry and text language.” while wright gave us a name for this phenomenon in 1954, people have been misinterpreting words and phrases since the beginning of speech.: grover cleveland, 22nd and 24th president of the united states, died 1908.) i then went and listened to the sample available on itunes, and it does sound like sudden light.“i can tell you, my lovely luminous stealthy sun, acting like poison, summer has gone” instead of “i can tell you, my love for you will still be strong after the boys of summer have gone” from don henley’s song “boys of summer”. got me so confused…i was trying to figure out how ‘chow’ could go wild.… making the english-speaking world a better place, one word at a time. either way, most instances of mondegreens occur for me when i’m listening to a new song. the covenant song dead stars, when performed live, the line “my favourite game, i suffer from misuse” sounds like “my favorite game, soft foam shoes. if anyone stops mid-sentence to admire the craftsmanship that went into the creation of my deathless prose (an unlikely scenario, i admit), then that’s just as bad as their stopping mid-sentence to pick up on my poor english usage. sure, it was much easier than getting the ‘right’ spelling. assurance is one of my preacher’s favorite hymns (and mine). i always thought it said, “can you help me, i thought you were my friend,” when it actually says, “can you help me, i thought you were my brain. least because nearly all of us are chimps at least some of the time. language, there is no such thing as “end of story”. have a cousin that said it a little different, “i can see clearly now the rain is gone, i can see all oxes and cows in my way! hate to break this to you johnny, but i think you are literally in danger of sounding like an elephants butt (did i just make an incorrect use of ‘literally’ there?@paul hancox, how beautiful is something like “they is an historian”? i could easily check lyrics on the internet, i was mystified why “heart of glass” by blondie would include a line like, “…riding high on love’s true jewish light…”.” spoonerism are speech errors, often involving the swap of initial consonant sounds, but sometimes involving other kinds of sound swapping. i clearly remember that i would actually visualize jesus with his long hair and his halo, slumped in the cockpit of a crashed and burning plane and i always wondered how he got out in time to be crucified later. babysitter had to correct me when i was a little girl. brother and sister jumped all over me when i sang the lines from the beatles’ “penny lane” that go:“he likes to keep his fire engine clean. during the mexican war the kentucky soldiers had it as a marching song, and some mexicans named the soldiers after the song. although these may not be technically his last words, they are the last words the public heard him say. eliot said much the same thing in a different way: “to purify the dialect of the tribe”. 1977, said this after a priest was reading him his last rites and said "may the lord have mercy on your soul".” she turns to her sister with the kind of hiss that can only come from a girl getting back at her sister – “i told you! huge thank you to the folks who posted the correct words to ‘blinded by the light’! grade school we learned the pledge of allegence by rote with my teacher leading a daily repeat-after-me until the class had it down. i thought the lyrics, ‘just let me state for the record/we’re giving love in a family dose. dump the rest, as in the pretentious subjunctive and the cumbersome he or she construction to make subject-predicate agreement work. i thought the refrain went:Dance, dance, dance when you hear that beat. look up some elton john lyrics and see how you’ve been singing completely wrong lyrics for years…. such spelling isn’t used because they’re necessarily ignorant of proper spelling, or even because the new spellings are more efficient (they sometimes aren’t), but rather because they identify the writers as members of certain social groups, i. sounds, to generations of little kids: “oh, santa, oh, santa–oh, santa, oh santa in the highest! could it be something that is influenced by regional pronunciations? 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. he did not have a last meal request, though did have a cup of coffee.: according to his team owner at the time, sam schmidt, these were his last words over his team radio during the early stages of the 2011 indycar izod world championships at las vegas motor speedway.” i always thought the line “donning now our gay apparel” was “dawning now our day of peril. i was young, i sang “for he’s a jolly good fellow… which nobody can deny” as “for he’s a jolly good fellow… with so many candy knives! not too long ago i was convinced that in blink 182′s rock show the line “she’s so cool, better sneak in through the window” was “better stick it through the window” (being blink 182 i assumed that whatever “it” was, was rude!, can’t we use “their” instead of “he or she”? would that i could impress these sentiments, in their full force, on every living southerner and bequeath them to every one yet to be born!. “he or she” when the gender of “this person” is known, but the writer does not wish to state it.(i could only assume that she made him want to dance![upon the arrival from his publisher of 12 bottles of wine] pity, pity. people now write “should of” rather than “should’ve,” because they’ve heard it pronounced that way often and never took the time to look it up (they really shouldn’t have to… it’s ridiculous). i thought i was the only one that messed up songs. my own question: “mondegreen” is an “autologous” or “homologous” word. it would make for excellent light reading while in a waiting room or on a plane and when you’re doubled over in laughter everyone would surely be curious as to what you were reading. the oxford english dictionary:The word they (with its counterparts them, their, and themselves) as a singular pronoun to refer to a person of unspecified sex has been used since at least the 16th century. get into arguments over “an historic” because it’s not wrong, though if you wish to find it annoying, that’s your choice. the part “his pocket full of spending loot” can on and i’m singing at the top of my lungs “pockets full of f%@#king loot”.” the real lyrics are: you clothed yourself in frail humanity. 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. – but i thought they were saying, “take the back right turn”.: spoken to a visitor before she faced a firing squad. any sentence they stumble on should be checked for errors, or simplified if none found. christmas song mondegreen is rudolph the red nose reindeer “he’ll go down in his story” instead of “he’ll go down in history”.” and “all about my dough (door) but i don’t even check the peephole. my late husband always got a hoot with my interpretations, so he’d have to explain exactly what the guy was actually singing. of course, that’s nowhere near a real word, and in writing, i always write “a historic”. friend was singing bush’s “machine head” as “i’ve got a mushy head”.: his guards heard him utter this phrase when they found his maimed body under a seat from his carriage after he was attacked with bombs by anarchists in an assassination attempt. don’t deny that a small part of me still clings to a ghastly radio 4/newspaper-letter-writer reader pedantry, but i fight against it in much the same way i try to fight against my gluttony, anger, selfishness and other vices. longer catholic but when i was a 7ish year old boy, the priests would say “thy fruit of thy womb, jesus”.: spoken to a police officer who had asked who shot him (shakur).’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. story is very much like one my mother tells me. 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. point of those examples is that “literally” is just going the same way as “really” did., of course, add them back in:“the committee will consist of bob, mr. dryden produced an unlicensed pistol, and collinson invited a bbc camera crew that were present to focus on it. it’s amazing how once you’ve written your article or post and then proof it before you publish and find all kinds of horrors. dad has the best ones (he can’t understand the lyrics to any song):In rod stewart’s “we’re having a party”, “on the radio” became “on the alley-o”. i wonder how they’ve come to acquire this variation. kid used to say i want some “funky fry shitken” instead of “kentucky fried chicken”. ahhh yes josé feliciano became my hero from there on out. to heaven by led zeppelin is a favorite in our house. some songs were parodies by weird al and bob rivers. it’s a wonderful evening, it’s great to be here and i wanna dedicate you a super sexy song. in that way they would understand how so many of us are offended when writers use adjectives instead of adverbs. 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.’s author beverly cleary’s beloved character ramona quimby in kindergarten learns what she calls the “dawnzer song” and that it said something about the “dawnzer lee light.” we never really knew what a “ree” was until we discussed it years later and figured out it’s “you’ll go down in history. bother thought the “light from above” in god bless america was “light from a bug. certainly you want good content and grammar, but if someone just starting out doesn’t have a proofreader, what do you say if they are trying to strike a balance between getting good (grammatically correct) content out in a timely fashion?: pope john paul i, an hour before he died of a heart attack. but there’s a difference between wanton breaking of the rules just for the hell of it and making dumb mistakes.: "classy" freddie blassie, a american professional wrestling villain and manager. a small child, i was taught to say this bed time prayer:Gentle jesus, meek and mild. you are about to witness the damaging effect electricity has on wood.@mike – ‘pulling mussels from a shell’ is by squeeze, not blue oyster cult. since 1976 when it first came out, i’ve been singing “i want you, show me the way.: her daughter, actress carrie fisher, had died of heart failure the day before. older daughter was blushing furiously as she sheepishly explained that she had “corrected” her sister – and non too kindly – when she was first learning to drive.“i pledge allegiance to queen fragg and her mighty state of hysteria. if nothing else, i can vouch for the latter meaning. nobody would say “i feel happily for you” which i think is the giveaway. i sang it, “matthew, mark, luke and john, acts and a pistol to the romans”, and never batted an eye.: said while officer daniel pantaleo put him in a chokehold and slammed onto the ground. more for your list: those who say “i could care less” instead of “i couldn’t care less”. in writing that last paragraph, i showed off my supposed superiority by saying ‘none of us is’ when it’s more natural (but grammatically incorrect) to say ‘none of us are’. me of course… i’m calm, collected kind of guy. (those who spoke of the slippery slope of leviathan, were astute. always thought aerosmith was singing about “loving la vida loca” instead of “love in an elevator” and who could forget that heartfelt guns & roses anthem “sweet china guy” (sweet child of mine), or that famous zz top “super dooper sleeping bag” (slip inside my sleeping bag)? if you say “loose” instead of “lose” once, it’s cool… but if it’s obvious that you think “loose” is the right word (“i want to loose some weight”), then sorry, but i’m probably going to think you’re dumb.“cause every girl’s crazy ’bout a sharp assed man” rather than “sharp dressed”. sometimes, by accident, language fails to provide and when it does the results can be hugely detrimental to the human race. if your guinea pig stumbles, others will too even if the grammar is officially correct. that single word, a signature call of his from the 1990s, was reportedly the only thing he said after the stroke and before his death, as reported by a former co-worker of miller's, wivb-tv's jacquie walker., to see how well a road was built, you have too see where it started, not judge the highway based on a short stretch. i wondered how someone would be able to eat a one ton tomato, and even still why they would be able to sing about it!: karl marx, asked by his housekeeper what his last words were. i tell them they probably shouldn’t be emailing about what they do to themselves in that reflexive manner. i am not a huge stickler for grammar but reading poor grammar reduces the impact of any article.’m an australian and i particularly like this one ‘ australian’s all love ostriches’ instead of the correct ‘australians all let us rejoice’ from our national anthem ‘advance australia fair’ which i love. he is often quoted as having said "thomas jefferson still survives. couple of other pet peeves come to mind: unique and first annual. daughter thought the 12 days of christmas said “and a par tra-gennapear tree” so when she saw a gilded pear ornament one holiday season she exclaimed with much delight, “look! in general, “myself” is a word you shouldn’t find much use for, so if you’re using it a lot, you’re probably using it wrong. and, my personal favourite, is the pussycat doll’s “when i grow up”: “be careful what you wish for ’cause you’re just like janet! the rules of grammar really aren’t that difficult, and there are plenty of people of low socio-economic status who took the time and effort necessary to learn them. it’s hand-in-hand with wanting to appear intelligent in any of the ways mentioned in the post. the day will come when you will have recognized me; that day i shall have ceased to be with you. and i wasn’t the one writing posts about how people sound like chimps if they don’t follow my idea of perfect grammar.’s a line in the song “hook” by blues traveler that says something about “hip three-minute ditties”. here in canada, they have been known to specifically target seniors and make off with their retirement money. to official written lyrics,Stewie supposedly sings “laugh and cry! it’s always interesting to read a discussion of language use. so what people mean is, “can i have a half-gallon (container) of milk. the fact that it is that widespread actually points to there being more going on than just a few ignorant kids. thought john fogerty’s centerfield lyric was “put me in cold” meaning to me that he had never played before. abridged, once wrote an extended mondegreen of the original yugioh opening and credits songs, with such immortal lines as “come to iowa” and “jim carrey’s from canada! metallica song “no leaf clover” has a pair of lines that go like this:“good day to be alive, sir. which may be why i never try to humiliate anyone else when they do. i simply figured that a doard was a stupid jerky kind of guy., it’s an advert for an irish car parts firm, “mulligan’s tyres”. the rules of grammar really aren’t that difficult, and there are plenty of people of low socio-economic status who took the time and effort necessary to learn them.“i guess i’m not a stickler for anything proper… too many rules makes life boring! here are some excerpts as transcribed by prison officials: "i know that god is in control and those who are here are not responsible. was a medical secretary, and my mondegreen made her laugh. 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”). first heard of ‘mondegreens’ in stephen pinker’s fascinating book “the language instinct”. language (as the sum of my discourses, as linguistic strata that betray my history, as geology or archaeology betrays history) is my language and it is a piece of who i am, perhaps even the defining piece. myself and my wife - in order to escape the disgrace of deposition or capitulation - choose death. this leads to dashes, parentheses, and ellipses as i try to insert the pauses where they “should” be. learned it with “wooden shoe” instead of “wouldn’t you”.! i can’t believe i’m not the only one (other than my mother) to hear the word douche in “blinded by the light,” as well as many other mistaken lyrics that i thought only my weird little brain contrived. having said this, i admit that if you want to communicate well for the sake of passing an exam or job interview, then it is obvious that wildly original and excessively heterodox language could land you in the soup. but now, we openly joke and say, “paul’s bein’ a ham!" thus the weight of the sentence rests on an untranslatable bit of grammatical cleverness. 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? 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. brother used to think that huey lewis and the news were singing that “the heart of rock and roll is topeka”.: captain larry wheaton to first officer roger pettit of air florida flight 90, january 13, 1982.’ve got my own pet peeves, too:* “i would of” instead of “i would have”.: sophie blanchard, a french aeronaut and the wife of ballooning pioneer jean-pierre blanchard. me, it is a cause of some upset that more anglophones don’t enjoy language. you’re bristling at this one, ask yourself if you’d say, “an horse” or “an house. is a great blog post that explains it better than me:Great piece. he wasn't wearing a helmet at the time; it would be 11 years before the nhl made helmets mandatory. for several (pre-internet) years, whenever i heard this line from van halen’s “running with the devil”,“…i got no love, *no love you’d call real*…”. i get so annoyed with people that my blood pressure rises! i do think myself has developed an emphatic role which i can sometimes tolerate, but most times it sounds stupid.” as my father informed me, he was actually singing “and the piano sounds like a carnival.: james brown uttered his last words minutes before his death, and then he took three, long quiet breaths and closed his eyes. too often, lack of thought about even small issues can result in clouded meanings and ambiguity., i can relate, as i’ve heard this from many of my nieces and nephews. #2: this is also on our list of most common grammatical errors.” i always heard him saying “repped up like a douche, another rudder in the night. i’d like to see a new, gender-neutral word invented to deal with that – and i despise “they” in this context, even though i slip up and use it sometimes myself. music is enjoyable it seems, so are dance and other, athletic forms of movement. it is the little shadow which runs across the grass and loses itself in the sunset. mother always used to play simon and garfunkel when we were kids, and my sisters and i were convinced that the chorus to “hazy shade of winter” went “look around, lisa brown. thought the imagine dragons lyric was “enough to make my sister moan” and was fairly scandalized. we apparently created a mondegreen for mondegreen, if i’m understanding the term correctly. first, “she” is not now, nor has ever been the universal pronoun. why did i take the time to go into the information above?“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. always thought that clint black’s “better man” was butter man as a kicd growing up. there’s one thing you don’t want to be, it’s accidentally hilarious. in her song “that don’t impress me much” there is a lyric “i can’t believe you kiss your car at night” which, can easily be ‘mondegreened’, the word car, sounding far more like male genitalia (or a male chicken). his friends escaped and so did rita, but charles was among the 1198 people who perished in the disaster. later, i asked my daughter what a “whore” was to her. bee gee’s song “more than a woman” sounds like “bald headed woman”. about the old boney m song … “ra, ra, rice puddin …”. also, i used to think it was this:Howard be thy name (also sometimes mistook it for “how low be thy name”).: spoken regarding a toy gun he was holding, in the toy section of a wal-mart in beavercreek, ohio., on balance, i think using “they” as a gender neutral third person singular has much to recommend it.“cashew nut” in “don’t tell me you’re sorry ’cause you’re not” – rihanna’s take a bow. similar situation i run into is making a letter or number plural, like “look at all those 1s and 0s in that binary sequence” or “…the oakland a’s.’s great to see so many comments here and to know that so many people are passionate about grammar and usage!, i have noticed a lot of people using “as” instead of “since. course, whether your correcting has much effect is another matter entirely. evolution is all about restless and continuous change, mutation and variation. i’d like to see a new, gender-neutral word invented to deal with that – and i despise “they” in this context, even though i slip up and use it sometimes myself. little brother thought it was “we’ll rob a mexican.” i always want to ask if we’re supposed to go out the windows., a mondegreen i can relate too hahah i was thinking that something was off about that line…. i don’t think that’s a grammatical matter… just personal style/preference. miller claims he invented the words “epismetology” (metathesis of epistemology) and “pompatus”, all of his song-writing demonstrates strong doowop influences, and a 1954 song by vernon green called “the letter” performed by the medallions had the lines:[1]. i the only person who thought the line “and the rocket’s red glare, the bombs bursting in air…” in the star spangled banner was, “and the rocket’s red glare, pilgrims bursting in air…”? is a techno dance song out there titled “put your ass in the air” but i listen to it because it sounds like the singer is saying “put giraffes in the air, put giraffes up in the air., you literally cut poeple up – including myself – chewed them, and and then spat them out! i always thought it was “blinded by the light, ramped up a fiduciary rofer in the night. only regret that i have but one life to lose for my country. when he was asked, he said that’s round john virgin, mother and child.” or “i’ll have half a gallon of milk, please” in a polite society that uses english correctly.@ mike, who said “if you understand the idea that the person is trying to communicate, then the language has served it’s purpose :)” hm…. i’m not heartbroken that you can’t put two and two together! andy barrie, host of a canadian broadcasting corporation (cbc) morning show uses it and today (december 22, 2009) the weather guy referred to the wind coming off of lake ontario. everybody is applying it to misheard lyrics, but in my family this happens alllll the time in normal conversation. outkast song ‘sorry miss jackson’ i heard it on the radio and didn’t hear the title so thought for the longest time it said. concur with victor on “they,” as far as i can remembre, “they” is the right way to talk of a person of an unknown sex.’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.. also from disney’s the lion king, i thought “hakuna matata” was “how fruity my tatas. i guess it occurs most frequently with homonyms, but have you come across other types of examples? but, we do have the song, “lucy in the sky with diamonds”…on one hand, john maintained that it was named after a drawing he made when he was four, with the same title. last year at christmas time my son (then 5) would sing the twelve days of christmas. don’t know the actual lyrics, but it gets me laughing every time i hear the song." coolidge, a staunch fiscal conservative and small-government federalist, was at odds with incoming president franklin delano roosevelt, whose new deal marked a major expansion of the federal budget. picking on some…” i felt like a monkey when one day my girlfriend heard me sing “michelle” — she laughed histerically and was rolling on the floor. i suspect that’s also why the vid was shot on a live concert. one day after church, my wife complained we sang it too much; i had to agree it got too much play. we can see, however, why the practice continues; using “they” as the universal pronoun, as well as a singular pronoun, had been going on for hundreds of years. make sure you always proof (2 or 3 times) whatever you’re getting ready to publish. also had a problem with lucy in disguise with diamonds and elton john’s ‘i hope you don’t mind if i put down the words’ instead of put down ‘in’ words…. Maybe a child gave the nursery rhyme “Row, Row, Row Your Boat” a new meaning by replacing the lineImage: nicole stewart for samfry. wasn’t aware it was more common today, as you state, that “she” is being used as the universal pronoun. seeing grammar mistakes in something that is supposed to be a voice of authority makes me “literally” want to ….: harold rush, australian 10th light horse regiment trooper in world war i. worst band i have heard for this problem, however, is a band from my own country. these last words were uttered after seeing his feet with boots off.”; the earliest report of this version was by charles buck, an american preacher, who wrote of it in 1822, more than forty years after the death of voltaire. the song baby by justin beiber (yuck) i thought its was “thought you’d roll with me tonight” not “thought you would always be mine” i only listened 2 it becuz ma sister did and no headphones, also the radio. when asked why he though so, he said it was in one of their hymns: and he walks with me and he talks with me…. after all, if they’re *just* ignorant, why would so many kids be using the word the same way? let there be rapid firecracker phrases and language that oozes like a lake of lava.” this is the same man who couldn’t understand why ccr would make a song about a “baboon on the right.: charles gussman, a television writer who wrote for the soap opera days of our lives. some people think i’m a zen master, but i’m not. this case, i don’t find the young man a chimp – but a genius! the game of chess and that game of chess going on over there. than being young, are there any other similarities between the kids socially? is such a fun subject and i’m as happy as a pig in poo reading the posts. on the other hand, i *do* say “an historic” but i pronounce it “an istoric”, with a silent “h”. woody's son, arlo, had delivered a demonstration copy of his song "alice's restaurant massacree" to his father on his deathbed. said to his executioners who appeared to be having trouble operating the machinery. and regardless of strict correctness (which is sometimes very often in the eye of the beholder), usage generally wins out in the end. almost every online lyrics version is different, but my favorite is my friend’s (she is the mondegreen queen):“‘cause my butt-cheek got shut in the refrigerator. me in heartache tonight by the eagles, towards the end it sounds like he says “let’s get down to the bowl” not let’s get down to the bone. father told me that when he was very young, his friends from church would practice baptizing each other. used to think that the last line of every verse of the twelve days of christmnas was ” a partly ginger pear tree. one good example, is the only song i like by fallout boy ” this ain’t a scene, it’s an arms race” there is a video of the “misheard lyrics” on you tube somewhere… but i only sing the wrong lyrics, becuase they are waaay better. post, but one nitpick: in mistake #1, the phrase “refer back” is redundant. one of my favorites was “thirty thieves and a thunder chief” instead of “dirty deeds and they’re done dirt cheap” by ac/dc.: two men were staging a fight in the audience he was addressing to distract attention from assassins who were drawing their guns to shoot him.: she refused to take a lifeboat, which would have meant separating from her husband. i was younger, i thought “can’t touch this” by mc hammer was “king’s jesters” hahaha.: his last words are also recorded as "fetch the luggage, they do not want us here". so it looks like “impacted” means nothing more than “wedged” according to most. furthermore, “he” is often used in a gender neutral way, just as “man” and “mankind” are used in a gender neutral way. i feel weird that i don’t mishear lyrics like this…very interesting word to know, though! bow a tree to protect me (actual: poetry to protect me).: john jacob astor iv, an american businessman, real estate builder, investor, inventor, writer, lieutenant colonel in the spanish–american war, and a prominent member of the astor family. you really want to walk around town saying, “that is the sort of thing up with which i will not put!@phil – i set a trap for anyone who disagreed with me. i understand why the song was banned in south africa, not politics but filthy porn.) or, are you the oar in the water propelling the s. his assisted death was televised as part of terry pratchett's documentary choosing to die. but if you want to go back in time, i say this child’s interpretation is poetically correct… even just correct! the madonna song ‘la isla bonita’ starts of with a line like ‘last night i dreamt of san pedro’ – we always thought it was ‘last night i ate me a bagel’. i was a kid, i thought “grilled cheese” was “girled cheese”.: the first line was said while being crushed during the salem witch trials for refusing to answer the court.@arp – i’m coining another axiom:“writing about grammar mistakes is like standing naked and covered in barbecue sauce in front of a bunch of starving cannibals and saying, ‘let me tell you the finer points of eating people. when using the word “there’s” – the contraction for “there is” – some writers are failing to consider the number of the subject that follows the singular verb “is. easy way to improve grammar naturally is to read classic literature (or just books in general).“wrongly” sounds wrong just about any way i can think to use it. petty and stevie nicks are, to me, two of the worst annunciators in the music business.. when something is funny, it’s funny (:-  august 15, 2011 - 10:39 pm. course, none of this works for a readership that comprises professional writers, because everyone in that group will scrutinize every word. that one was confusing; as a child i detested peas and couldn’t imagine why anyone thought they were heavenly. i could have sworn it went:You picked a fine time to leave me, lucille,With four hundred children and a crop in the field. continuing with the religious theme, another was to say “pleased to meet you” rather than “peace be with you” during the sign of peace at mass. taste of death is upon my lips…i feel something, that is not of this earth. searching the store, we eventually ended up in the produce section and asked the person there, “do you know what gerkins are? the most high god preserve thee from destruction, and from all the paths of error may he deliver thee. my dad knew the lyrics, he at first thought they said “we all need shelter and cheese. was sure it was “kicked by a rose off the grave”, and i stand by that. mother told me that, as a child, she misinterpreted the title of a hymn, ‘gladly the cross i’d bear. only i thought that they were saying “sandwiches” instead of “savages”. imagine my shock when i encountered the name decades later and learned it was hyannis port and not hiatus port!: as he put the gun he was cleaning to his head and pulled the trigger. i don’t have a clue what they are selling. it’s amazing how once you’ve written your article or post and then proof it before you publish and find all kinds of horrors.["is the man in the bathroom wit u"] "he's a terror.

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he is currently the only nhl player to die from injuries sustained on the ice. one that gets on my nerves the most lately is the blatant misuse of “bring” and “take”.*anyone who wants to witness “”song mondegreen”" at it’s finest, only need to pick up any weird al yankovich parody album… all his song play on the “mondegreen” effect… that’s what makes them all hilarious… some songs i never realize i was singing wrong, until i heard them on wierd al’s albums. pledge a grievance to the flag and the divided states of america, and to the republicans, whom i can’t stand, one nation, under dog, indespicable, with liberty for just us, not all. i would add vivian stanshall of the bonzo dog doo dah band, peter cook and alan bennett as others of whom i am consciously aware. used to think the chorus went “i’m gay you’re gay your the main attraction” its actually “i’m game you’re game”. when talking numbers, i’ll say “seventy two street”, to avoid being misunderstood.” use “he or she” or don’t be politically correct at all. actual lyric, i later discovered, is, ‘has anybody here seen my old friend, martin…’ it’s a perfectly good song with a poignant message but not, i think, as central to human experience as the song i’d imagined. “they” is widely used for “he/she”, and with good reason. i was a kid we’d sing a hymn, at church, about jesus’ resurrection. steve miller band’s “the joker” has a line in it that i know cannot possibly be what i am hearing, but i cannot find any other solution. i think it starts early; some teachers (and parents) aren’t taking the time to instill valuable lessons in basic grammar and vocabulary.’d just point out that you always need to keep in mind your audience. wasn’t until i actually saw the lyrics printed out a couple of years ago that i realized the lady in question was madam ruth, who had a “gold-capped tooth. do they use language to seduce, charm, excite, please, affirm and tickle those they talk to? 0:45 especially, it sounds like “radio says” or “radio sells” instead of “ready yourselves”….” over time, “and per se and” was slurred together into the word we use today:ampersand. i’m not sure how we came up with that.’s a peter gabriel song, ‘shaking the tree’, with some african singing in the chorus that goes “souma yergon, sou nou yergon”. language shifts, but at this point in time, it is still acceptable.@katy – the country code of the telephone number (234) in that “comment” is for nigeria, and 81 means it’s a mobile phone. the victorians brought long suburban streets, warehouses, libraries, schools, town halls and railway stations and in the twentieth century arrived a new architecture, office towers, corporate headquarters, airports, housing projects in glass and concrete, american and european statements of self conscious modernity, statehood, brutalism, socialism, capitalism and democracy. criminal to a child’s mind “you’ve been hit by. just a poetic exercise until i broke it down to “mares eat oats and does it oats and little lambs eat ivy”. son insisted robin williams’ genie told aladdin to “wake up and smell the homeless. required fields are marked (required):Fast and the furious – from scottish hootenanies to street racing. for 20 years i thought it was “sing women, sing through the tears…” only learned the real lyrics when on military duty in kosovo and my team member bet me those were not the right lyrics.’, michael jackson was singing, ‘eddie are you wonky, are you wonky eddie? your free, no-risk 14-day trial today to fully experience rainmaker – the next-generation online marketing and sales solution. for me, i’m sticking with the most common universal pronoun at present which is “he. one has to do with the jamaica national pledge, while in primary school i always think the last sentence in the pledge say “so that jamaica may , under god, increase in beauty, fellowship and properity, and play her part in advancing the the welfare of the whole human race”. this concurs with reports of levels of severity of his injuries. i read, i’ve smiled at many of these, but yours is the only one that made me actually bust out laughing. a former english teacher, i love how concisely you explained each of the rules.: other sources say his final words were “i am abandoned by god and man!) to seek to exclude the opinions of those whose english usage isn’t perfect. raised in an atheist household, for years as a child i sung it as “we stand on god for thee,” and i wondered why all the christians didn’t mind singing about us stomping on their deity. got any tips on appropriate use (or non-use) of these various devices?: ace was playing russian roulette (or something similar; exact accounts vary) with his revolver on christmas day 1954, during a backstage break in his concert that day. of you may think you’re zinging me, but all i see is that there are 141 comments here and that makes me happy. some people, myself included (i believe that’s the correct usage of ‘myself’) tend to pronounce it as a single word: anistoric. i’m not perfect, but sometimes it’s discouraging to hear people speak (or write) knowing that they sound like imbeciles.@meg – i have found your attitude fascinating and i’d like to pose you a question. always thought the hand shake/cheer at my school went. 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! think butterflies used to be called flutter-bys; which makes more sense. the line from the beach boys’ “fun, fun, fun” which is “…she makes the indy 500 look like a roman chariot race now” i heard, nonsensically, as “…she makes the eight-five hundred look like …”.: ocampo was rounded up by conservative rebels and sentenced to death. the “about the author” section, it says “almost certainly”, which is yet another grammar mistake that will make you sound like a chimp. other day i used ‘they’ to refer to a singular person, and he cut in with, “uh uh uh, that’s unproper grammar, mama. though we’ve never met, i feel as though we have a close bond. is not exactly a mondegreen so much as it is a parody. don’t know if anyone’s mentioned it but some people pronounce “historic” with a silence “h”. i am not a huge stickler for grammar but reading poor grammar reduces the impact of any article.: fersen, who was swedish marshal of the realm, was attacked in a mob riot during the burial procession of the crown prince, whose death wrongly was blamed on fersen. biggest gripe is the “nouning” of this adverb (another pet peeve: verbing nouns).: spoken to her friend alana stewart, who was filming a documentary about her struggles with cancer.@johnny, i didn’t realize you were in cleveland, too. the reason i am mentioning this is to say “they” was correct as a singular pronoun until the 1800s! why would they sing a song about a bald headed woman? in this case “i” is one of the subject of the sentence.” if they are handing you a bucket and asking you to fill it from the cow, *then* they’d ask for a half gallon *of* milk. taking nothing for granted, even though it’s only may, i’ll take this moment to wish everyone , next december, a happy and merry felix the navy dude.” it really does sound like that, due to the singer’s style where he sort of mumbles/slurs the words, but rather than a person with a peg leg, gitchigumee apparently refers to a big lake (one of the great lakes, in fact). they “put on a show” which included smashing electric guitars at the end. hairsplitting aside, whether it’s inappropriate word usage or grammatical errors really doesn’t matter. we didnt see it, but she was sure she was right until we proved it to her. though he remained alert for a period of time after he was taken to the hospital, he was unable to speak. one in reverse is the old song from the 1920s:Maresy dotes, and doesy -dotes and little lambsy divey/a kidle tivey too wouldn’t you? we can make fun of this kind of language about language and we can value it too. forgive everyone, beg that everyone forgives me as well, and wish that my blood, that is going to be shed now, will benefit the country. i don't think two people could have been happier than we have been. i, too, am obsessed in finding grammatical errors on blogs (though, of course, at times, i make mistakes, too. sometimes it’s obvious from context, but it wouldn’t be if i said, “i was literally foaming at the mouth…”. there’s an homage line in it which says, “who, rides the wrecking ball into our guitar. a few days before you waste your prayers on me. i always heard “come out with me, that mom’s a rotten sneak” in place of the line, “to martinique, that monserrat mystique”. jackson by outkast, i always thought “i’m sorry ms. you’re talking about a singular unit, so describe it correctly. another mistake i hear and see quite often is the use of “i” at the end of a sentence when it should be “me”. so i’d write “1s” and “0s” (without the apostrophe) as much as possible, but would write “a’s” because without it, it’s “as”… which of course looks like “as. notable last facts: a compendium of endings, conclusions, terminations and final events throughout history.: john carradine, an american actor, best known for his roles in horror films, westerns and shakespearean theatre. reminders, even for those of us who are supposed to be english teachers. 3y/o stepdaughter use to sing “there’s a man on the rug” for the song “band on the run. roe was with tammy faye at the moment of her death. “we are emily, i’ve got all my sisters and me.’m almost terrified to write this, given the potential to reveal the bubbles in me.” the rule i learned was that you can add an apostrophe even though it’s not possessive if not doing so is likely to result in confusion. used to mishear “prince of peace” (in various christian songs) as “take a pee”. name is hooben…do you know what a “hoobenism” is? truth is, i hate the man or woman who makes these mistakes, too. when asked about my favorite i’d say it was the one about the bear – “gladly the cross-eyed bear”. saw it above, but my daughters interpretation of “shot through the heart” by bon jovi was ‘chocolate heart’! somebody once said, “how can i tell you what i think until i’ve heard what i’m going to say?’s church song: “in the pretty garden the flowers are nodding”,My sister would sing, “in the pretty garden the flowers are naughty”. we know that a “mondegreen” is a misheard line or lyric, as has been fully explored in the 900 comments before mine, but “mondegreen” itself is a “mondegreen”. sources for this include discussion in the last words reference book, last words of notable people -- final words of more than 3500 noteworthy people throughout history by william b. it consisted of dandelion roots, milk thistle seeds, yarrow – what i remember atm.(if you’re confused on this, try substituting a person’s name in the subject.: “mares eat oats and does eat oats and little lambs eat ivy, kids will eat ivy too, wouldn’t you? last words of notable people: final words of more than 3500 noteworthy people throughout history.–when i was real young, instead of singing “forever young” i swore he was singing “for andrea, i want to be for andrea”. this one’s my favorite:You’ve got me rockin’ and a-rollin’. for the longest time though the first line in grateful dead’s song bertha was “i had a hard on” when in actuality it is “i had a hard run”. friend of mine in high school overheard her mom singing the billy joel classic, “you make the rice, i’ll make the gravy. of the serial comma makes me nuts in ap style. i was in elementary school reciting the pledge of allegence, i always thought it was: ‘…and to the republic, for witches stand…’.: last words before being executed by lethal injection for a triple murder.” in my mind i can still recall the bizarre image of a dinner roll and a necktie. if i was a real writer, i wouldn’t make these mistakes. no longer use the same english language that we used in the 10th century, or the 16th century. number 2, isn’t it true that ‘they’ has become acceptable as a singular neutral pronoun? i don’t begrudge people errors unless they’re repetitive and obvious. british government had a great idea in the 60s; they decided the best way of teaching english was to encourage pupils to write phonetically. he had been offered a last request, and had asked for the right to give the firing squad the order to fire. 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.“i went fishing” is a simple declarative subject (i) verb (went) object (fishing) sentence. to this day, nobody knows what he meant by it, not even kurt russell, who was 15 at the time. you i literally explode when people use literally for literally everything.@marc, the difference is that in the example sentence, “me” is an object. -we should also not forget “it’s a long way to the shop if you want a sausage roll.” i’d just taken a mouthful of tea so ended up spraying him with it when i started laughing. alexander may have said "krateros" (the name of one of his generals), but he was not around, and the others may have chosen to hear "kratistos— the strongest".” not only because “wooden chew” is a further mondegreen but because eating ivy leaves and vines would be, well, a “wooden chew”!: jack daniel, an american distiller and businessman, the founder of the jack daniel's tennessee whiskey distillery. “h” is a consonant, so use “a historic”, except in your example of “hour” when it sounds like a vowel so use “an. hairsplitting aside, whether it’s inappropriate word usage or grammatical errors really doesn’t matter. 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. mondegreen that i always find myself thinking of is from the bee gees’ “stayin’ alive”:Now you can tell by the way i use my walk,I’m a woman’s man, no time to talk.: last words of notable people citing het refrein is hein: leven en sterven in een verpleeghuis by b. 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. did i mention that i never liked ac/dc because angus let brian ruin a bunch of great songs by singing them! blame the simply cr@ptastic radios [& speakers] in the cars & clock radios of my youth, since that’s about the only way/place i listened to music at the time…. last words (among very few) that are preserved of the aramaic which jesus spoke, and the last recorded words prior to his death in the books of mark and matthew., and another one… i was sure marvin gaye was singing “there’s something wrong with me loving you. was listening to hindi sad diamonds on youtube and there was a comment that said i only speak to toast and know i can’t imagine toulouse singing anything else! have destroyed the lyrics to the “good times” jingle for years. when using a dolly in an attempt to knock down a wasp nest. without the h sound, putting “an” in front of it would be correct. using adjectives instead of adverbs is an all-too common error. here’s one that i have only heard americans use : “i drug the boat up the beach. 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. years later we found out it was “father figure”…(by george michael)…. rem’s it’s the end of the world as we know it: “a tournament, a tournament, a tournament of lies” was “turn ‘em in ‘n turn ‘em in ‘n turn ‘em into flies.) written “bob, mr parsons and i will make up the committee” then “i” would be the correct (nominative case) form.“and though the truth may not be, this ship will carry our (bodies strait to shore)”. for putting a name to this phenomenon, which it seems many people have experienced. was a long time after listening to the album before i tried saying it out loud. proper lyrics: “i was a creature before i could stand”. according to venezuelan general jose ornella, he mouthed these words before suffering a massive heart attack and dying. nonetheless, i can no more change my language and the sum of its discourses than i can add a cubit to my height or, sadly it seems, take a pound from my weight. especially the part that sounds like “jai guru deva om” or “shai curu deva om”. i always thought it was a nonsense song until i was a teenager and heard my aunt singing the song to my toddler cousin.: folger said this to her attackers, members of the manson family, after being stabbed repeatedly in the home of her friend sharon tate. some shook-up ramen was from that commercial back about 10 years ago…. like getting the grammar correct when writing and i am scared to write too much here in case it’s all wrong. just remember to consider the number of the verb you’re contracting and the subject that follows it. this is particularly true if you’re writing a post designed to elicit laughs. i’m reading them all but don’t feel the need to jump in on everything. nobody would say “i feel happily for you” which i think is the giveaway. the most common one for me is ‘because’ which my fingers nearly always want to spell ‘becasue’! hitler committed suicide with his long-time girlfriend and recently married wife eva braun the next day. neither of these assertions would sound nearly as good if substituted with those lame letters ‘cctv’, would they? almost had a panic attack when, as a grad student, i had to bring my spanish ii students to the language lab to listen to and discuss songs sung in spanish. used to think sara lee’s slogan went “nobody does it like sara lee.: alcott had been in ill health for many years and took a turn for the worse after she visited her father. don’t use awkward and improper grammar, or we will put you in the chimp category. daughter thought that the hymn that we sang on easter sunday morning was “up from the gravy arose”. guy calling in to a radio station said he thought it was, “. in the song they teach kids to help them learn the continents, whenever my cousin used to get to the part about “don’t forget australia”, she always said “don’t forget i’ll strangle ya…” i now say it her way every time i sing it. it turns out it was “the kid is not my son. girl friend sang ‘five foot eleven in a pontail’ should have been five foot of heaven in a pony tail! the one about sending only poor into the war… i think it’s called… oh yea! i sang it like that for months, not having a clue what sheep had to do with the song and wondering why florence said “sheeps” anyway, until a friend pointed out that it’s “the shields all left to rust. in point: a dave chapelle skit years ago brought the comic to the bronx to ask inner-city kids the name of the last barbara streisand movie that they had seen… my favorite response: “i don’t know, the way we was or somethin’. alphabetically by last name (with some monarchs and leaders sorted by their first names, e. my wife thought the springsteen song had the words, “snappy and kate, we laid in bed…” (last night me and kate, we laid in bed). if nothing else, i can vouch for the latter meaning. far east movement song like a g6:Now i’m feelin so fly like a g6. they pretty much took off from there, arriving in san fran for the summer of drugs…er, love…where paul thought it would be a great idea to drop a few stamps from uncle syd…they didn’t like it so much. were the final words he was heard to speak as he drifted in and out of sleep on his final day.@smitty777, as bad as that is, it doesn’t get the nails-on-the-blackboard shiver up my spine that comes with “impactful”. this brilliant linguist mocks pedantry and the idea of stasis in language with far greater elegance and knowledge than i can.. “this person didn’t know what he was doing”), but it’s more common today to use “she” as the universal pronoun. a baby doesn’t have underarm hair, but it has the innate program within it which, at a certain age, usually between twelve and fourteen, will be activated to start producing hair under the arms: a parent doesn’t have to teach it, only the right and natural nutrients need to have been ingested over time so as to allow normal growth and it will just happen. the noel coward recording of carnival of the animals, in the verse on the wild jackass he says “for with maidenly blush and accents mild”. was me when i found out years and years later that the actual lyric was, “all the boys think she’s a spy. the beatles’ song, “i wanna hold your hand”, there is a line that says, “…i can’t hide…”.: ali i̇smail korkmaz, killed with lynch by government supporter civillians and police during the gezi park protests in eskişehir, turkey.” in that case, “crazy” is a state of being, so your conclusion was correct: i (noun) became (verb) crazy (object). i think we can finally consider that a correct meaning. this article isn’t meant to be taken as gospel.: mary surratt, before being hanged for her part in the conspiracy to assassinate president lincoln.: christine chubbuck, 30-year-old anchorwoman who, on july 15, 1974, during technical difficulties during a broadcast on wxlt-tv in sarasota, florida, said these words on-air before producing a revolver and shooting herself in the head (while she drew the gun on camera, the technicians quickly cut the video feed, but the gunshot could be clearly heard).” and in a particularly grisly turn of events, a mall santa reported that needy, sad children “literally tear his heart out.” the beatles studied maharishi mahesh yogi’s transcendental meditation(tm) in india. on realising that i had been reciting without understanding, my simplicity was pointed out in no uncertain terms and further prayers were abandoned! as police officers interrogated him on his deathbed, he gave them long and frequently incoherent answers, perhaps the most known of which is "a boy has never wept…nor dashed a thousand kin" before finally dying.@peter – a keen example of what i said up front, and that’s that it’s really a no-win situation. similar situation i run into is making a letter or number plural, like “look at all those 1s and 0s in that binary sequence” or “…the oakland a’s. a while later, i finally saw the lyrics were “it’a a bright horizon” i probably could have listened to it a hundred more times and not gotten that! sometimes a gender is evident and then the appropriate pronoun is used. there they buried abraham and sarah his wife, there they buried isaac and rebekah his wife, and there i buried leah. we forget the infamous elemenopee (l m n o p). real life, according to my archnemesis, i’m sort of a nerd. secondly, i would say the masculine pronoun “he” has been the universal pronoun more often than not.“this lend/borrow issue isn’t a variation due to dialect. imagine the look on her brother’s face when she asked him why steven tyler was singing about a “fork display”. the splash mountain ride at disneyland, there’s a part where a group sings, “pretty good, sure as you’re born”, but because of their southern accents, it sounds more like “pretty good. others thought that there was a ‘natural’ language, a primary tongue. problem with these sorts of rules is that almost none of us is capable of writing perfectly all the time. might wonder how i came up with that, but just listen to the song- somehow it sounds like that! very good friend of mine, an english teacher, used to tell me that there was no such thing as correct spelling, for precisely the same reason – that language is constantly evolving. time it will serve me for the voyage from which there is no return, the voyage of eternity. i were going to write about this, but you literally took it right out from under me! my liturgical church, we sing a response psalm, “hosanna, hosanna, hosanna in the highest! learned that the rule about using “an” in front of a word beginning with an h was as follows:If the h word in question is a multi-syllabic word, you use “a” or “an” depending on where the stress lies in 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. lately i’ve had to relax my view of the english language.” instead of “if you don’t know me by now. 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). it is a source of amusement between the two of us. when she had to recite the lord’s prayer when she was young, she always said, “harold be thy name”, because that was her father’s and older brother’s name. there is debate over if he meant the afterlife, or the view from his window. old christian hymn by the name of “gladly, the cross-eyed bear.: final public words, sent in the form of a tweet. story i recall is about the little boy who named his teddy bear “gladly." with some depictions indicating he might have not expressed the entire statement before dying, i. one i liked there (generational thing, of course) from bachman-turner overdrive [no, no relation to michelle bachman] was the iminterpretation of their song title “takin’ care of business” as “bakin’ carrot biscuits., when used as in the example above, “myself” was used as an intensifier.@smitty, oh yes, “impacted” makes me want to, well, impact someone. the case is a little more complicated, as etymologists trace the english name through the dialectical dutch “sinter klaas”, for saint nicholas. when he saw an episode that had something to do with a cart of apples he sang out the jimmy eat world song ” it’s gonna take some time in a little apple ride, everything everything will be alright” really it’s “it just takes some time, little girl you’re in the middle of you’re life (ride? in church, i was confused… “christ is risen” oops, i thought it was “christ’s in prison!'ve always loved my wife, my children, and my grandchildren, and i've always loved my country. [resuming his initial speech] i got sit down all by myself… viva italia! used to think lady gaga was singing “pump, pump, pump, pump, pump, pump, pump, pump, pump up the bass,” and only after i figured out the title “poker face” did i understand the lyrics… but most songs have the bass pumped up, no treble anymore! read a lot of these and didn’t see it mentioned that a commercial a few years back worked in a mondegreen on purpose, when two guys confuse rock the casbah with lock the cash-box. today is the day i have chosen to pass away with dignity in the face of my terminal illness, this terrible brain cancer that has taken so much from me… but would have taken so much more.. was/were… there are other issues with this that are unrelated to this complaint “we was going to town…” ? i knew that “an historic” didn’t sound nearly as bad as “an horse” but couldn’t put my finger on why. political passions, once they have been fanned into flame, exact their victims … citater fra…. i always wondered why they wouldn’t stop those beavers.(before anyone yells, i know nerdery isn’t a word :p). love it when you figure out that something is correct, and so you use it correctly. matter how many times i heard it when i was little,i always heard:(black betty had a child). most recent, and for me, prominent, is the malachy mccourt book “a monk swimming”.@ fireflight: i kept hearing the band perry’s if i die young on the radio as – if i die young, bury me in silence…. you really want to walk around town saying, “that is the sort of thing up with which i will not put! us this day our daily bread,And forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. for example, the standard english words for male and female genitalia meant “tail” and “sheath” respectively in latin. roosevelt, and in so doing mortally wounded chicago mayor anton cermak.: mcsorley was captain of the 729-foot great lakes freighter edmund fitzgerald, which was in a storm on lake superior. heard this song that had the lyrics, “things you never knew”, and i thought it said “pigeon the canoe”!: i have sent for you to see how a christian can die. used to think in the song “groovin’ that he was singing “you and me and leslie”. in this case “i” is one of the subject of the sentence. i had a nickel for every time my brother gleefully called me up and shouted, “i found a typo in your article!, and thank you russ for the note about unaccented first syllables. i think it’s gonna be a long long time. pledge all egiance toda flagged, of united dates of america, one nation, under sod, with liver tea & just ice for all. the ones i can think of:Emilyfrances, i thought it was “the dark’s a chasm in the classroom” up until i read your post re pink floyd’s another brick in the wall. always though “don’t stop believing” was “don’t stop the beavers” when i was a little kid.: one survivor who clambered aboard collapsible a distinctly heard hartley say these words before he and the band were swept off the deck by the sea. what about “reverend blue jeans” for neil diamond’s “forever in blue jeans? sure, some of these are subject to regional variation or can be argued for as common usage. ‘life could be ecstasy, you and me endlessly’ became ‘life could be ecstasy, you and me and lesley.“cleaning up the spilled milk is an act of accountability for whomever was responsible for spilling the milk. when i write for one magazine client in particular, they always change that to the following on editing:“i need to get bread, peanut butter and jelly at the store. some people think i’m a zen master, but i’m not. in any case, i wouldn’t be eating a waffle…. how dense and deaf to language development do you have to be?: “the men up there don’t like a lot of blabber.‘sing us a song, yonder piano man,’ instead of, ‘you’re the piano man. am actually singing the words “an house” in felix mendelssohn’s st. it seems impossible to get these two phrases messed up, but if you listen to the song you’ll understand.: rob hall, lead guide of the disastrous 1996 mount everest expedition. i, too, am obsessed in finding grammatical errors on blogs (though, of course, at times, i make mistakes, too., i have noticed a lot of people using “as” instead of “since.'t let them put me in one of those bags, i might suffocate. but fear not, because i, the blue blazer, will always triumph over evil-doers!: the "fort" might be fort presque isle, which is now erie, pa.: according to james thatcher's book the american revolution, andré raised the handkerchief from his eyes and said these words when given an opportunity to speak, moments before he was hanged as a british spy. christ was put to death on the false testimony of those who received money in exchange for the lies they told. (or should that be, “how popular are these grammar discussions”). love that people responding (favourably) to articles about poor grammar/spelling feel the need to apologise for their own, known negligence. had a great bit at the beginning of his parental advisory album called “offensive language”. for the pledge of allegiance, does anyone remember the calvin and hobbes strip where calvin is reciting, “i pledge allegiance to queen fragg, and to her mighty states of hysteria” ? don’t be humiliated by dinosaurs into thinking yourself inferior because you can’t spell broccoli or moccasins. witness report it was like he was having a conversation with someone he knew.: supposedly said this when a nurse, attempting to moisten his lips, mis-aimed. this wasn't said due to alex's knowledge of his impending death, but simply because that was what alex said to pepperberg every night before being locked in his cage. a lot of the time, the offending piece of text just “sounds” wrong. said in an interview on november 23, 2006, hours before his death. lord jesus, come quickly, finish in me the work that thou hast begun; into thy hands, o lord, i commend my spirit, for thou hast redeemed me.” when my mom heard me singing about the spinning rabbit, she laugh and told me it was a record, which i didn’t understand since we had tapes by then.- the police, canary in a coma > canary in a coalmine. come to find out the real lyrics were “love in an elevator”. it should be “puppetutes”, which is in itself an invented word or neologism which never seems to have caught on.” i wouldn’t call those double entendre’s because it’s an intentional mispronunciation of a word so that it is the colloquial version of one word, and the slang version of another, dough meaning money, and flow meaning cadence and/or rhyming technique.. you shouldn’t write ‘an historic’ or ‘an hotel’ but its nearly always pronounced. notice when i’m listening to a song i’ve heard since childhood that all of a sudden i hear the right words i’ve been saying wrong the whole time. drescher beat me to using this, but i was raised in a medical family. hate to leave a negative comment, but the use of “me”, as suggested in the point about incorrect uses of “myself”, is wrong. only is putting “an” in front of a word with an audible h grammatically incorrect, it’s also uncommonly annoying. ruloff, a convicted serial killer and last person to be executed by hanging in the state of new york. said to his wife via satellite phone as he lay dying from exposure. was in drama one time and one of the characters in out scene was named marissa and our teacher kept telling us to pronounce it better because her name wasn’t mrsa. ago i knew the name for that rule, but it’s lost to the mists of time. it’s not simply a hypothetical but an unlikely or improbable one. for years, i learned that you keep it, until i got to college and took a bunch of journalism classes. for commenter #116’s “historical continuity is best” – perhaps we should think hard about that one.… i am actually laughing out loud as i read some of these…. risk of being an obnoxious twit, i’ll point out that many of the incorrect usages of “literally” are not grammatically incorrect, but are definitely poor word usage.: sister nirmala joshi recalled, "just hours before her death, mother teresa spoke about the little flower, st. will kill your copy quicker than trying to always follow the rules here.. the subject/predicate thing requires creative writing to make it match.: george armstrong custer, a united states army officer and cavalry commander in the american civil war. sister thought neil diamond was singing ” for reverend blue jeans ” instead of “forever in blue jeans”.. “this person didn’t know what he was doing”), but it’s more common today to use “she” as the universal pronoun.…instead of “i can’t live, if living is without you…”, a hungarian idol auditioner sung “ken lee, tulivodivo doucho…”…search the keyword “ken lee” on youtube…great page anyways…big up!“johnny and i are reviewing grammar”… not “johnny and me”. you use “literally,” stop and think about whether or not what you’re saying is actually true, in those exact words. years ago, i caught a friend singing: “we go to bed with the lights on” to what should’ve been: “big ol jet airliner.: before he fell into a coma on november 6th, he had asked his friends "what time is it? my god… you just blew my mind, i still say that!. thomas lyrics were” even the bathtub was better than no love”, instead of “even the bad love was better than no love”. the chorus goes as such:We all need sheltering trees,Friends who will get down on their knees.” 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. it’s hand-in-hand with wanting to appear intelligent in any of the ways mentioned in the post. i had a rant about some aspects of this topic myself just last week.: the plane lost altitude after a failed takeoff attempt and struck the 14th street bridge over the potomac river in washington d. thought it was duce coupe… once i decided it wasn’t spruce coupe. used to sing and at the same time wonder what “up above the verse of sky” meant in the nursery rhyme twinkle twinkle little star ! had also thought this was logical seeing as false control would be bad and the dukes of hazard would be bad to have in a school bathroom…. the standard used to be to assume any unknown person was a man (e. metallica’s song, “frayed end’s of sanity” there’s a line that correctly says, “fighting the fear of fear” and it sounds like “buying a miller beer. in the taylor swift song ours, i thought the line was “people throw rocks, it’ll be just fine” instead of “… at things that shine”. transformers theme song, i always thought they said instead of. when we say “mankind,” we don’t mean just men. already widespread in the language (though still rejected as ungrammatical by some), this use of they, their, and them is increasing in all but the most conservatively edited american english. 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.) the second is an alternative as noted in the reference work last words of notable people citing epitaph for a desert anarchist: the life and legacy of edward abbey by james bishop. after all development is the reason we no longer use ” olde english”. knowing standardized spelling makes it not only easier to be understood, it also makes it easier to recognize words quickly when reading. and i’m fairly sure that usage predates the medical one. untill i fond out the lyrics were “round yon virgin, mother and child” not “round john virgin”. i was a little kid, i was convinced for quite a while that the alphabet was recited as follows:A b c d e f g h i j k “m&ms and peas” q r s t u v w x y and z. i was younger i thought the line “he just smiled and gave me a vegemite sandwich” from the men at work song “land down under” was “he just smiled and gave me a piece of his sandwich”….! for a minute there, i thought you were referring to texas as humble.…when i was in grade school, a friend kept calling it a poet’s surprise award!: donald campbell, british speed record breaker who broke eight absolute world speed records. ‘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’. your still not reading it quite right just yet:“prime minister’s sauchalaya”. 201, march 18, 1848), citing an account published in the new york courier and enquirer, february 25, 1848 and other sources. i don’t know why i thought it was butter man. always get argument on this one, but i’m going to put my foot down anyway. the national cancer institute says that we are survivors from the moment of diagnosis. friend’s little sister used to say “olives are seals” instead “our lips are sealed”.“me” just hangs on the end there like a lead sinker.. mixing up other words that sound similar, such as “then” and “than”. the “about the author” section, it says “almost certainly”, which is yet another grammar mistake that will make you sound like a chimp.’d say this is more popular than the ones in the article xd. is literally a blog that tracks literally:Ok, grammar gods and goddesses, how do you punctuate “dos and don’ts”?” she thought someday it would be renamed, and she’d be there.: as she approached the guillotine, convicted of treason and about to be beheaded, she accidentally stepped on the foot of her executioner. you know that it’s “us,” you can use “me” with confidence. we sang feliz navidad with her, and she always sang “from the button of my heart”. this is but a snapshot of a language in motion, and with english spoken all over the world, cannot be accurate in every context.” the “no more hunger and thirst” line was extra convincing. you are the kind of person who insists on this and that ‘correct use’ i hope i can convince you to abandon your pedantry.: captain lawrence oates, on robert falcon scott's ill-fated antarctic expedition, while suffering from frostbite and sheltering from a blizzard, oates felt he was decreasing his companions' chances of survival.: modern israeli jocular rumor claims trumpeldor's true last words were merely a juicy russian curse. give a day of hairy bread and forgive pet travis as we give those a pet travis against us.” and if you don’t know that “mankind” refers to both genders, you’re simply obtuse, at best. i was younger i used to think that the words for “another brick in the wall” by pink floyd was:“we don’t need to education,We don’t need no fault control (we don’t need to thought control). when she hears “by the dawn’s early light” she concludes that they must be singing about a lamp, which she assumes is called a “dawnzer” that gives off a “lee light”.@johnny- “stay tuned for my next controversial post, “what’s wrong with every race and religion. if badly modifies feel then it seems to imply you have problems emoting. the way, has anyone else noticed that when typing out comments for this, it gives you the “incorrect spelling” warning for mondegreen? i oversee the name of my family with affection, steady nerves and blood. 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.(this is how i hear it; sing along if you know it! john lennon added the “ah” to “dev” for melodic effect. i used to remind aspiring writers to be offended every time they saw a “drive slow” sign. and regardless of strict correctness (which is sometimes very often in the eye of the beholder), usage generally wins out in the end. rothstein would not regain consciousness and died the following morning. so, in correcting the children, just be respectful and understand that perhaps in the dialect they’ve grown up in that is perfectly “correct” and understood. the abbreviation llap at the end of the quotation stands for "live long and prosper", a phrase popularized by nimoy's character spock on star trek. never occurred to me wonder what was in the dryer. thought it went “you’d better watch your step girl, i’ll start living with your mother” which is a much better threat than “or start living with your mother” – my son corrected me on that one, so i had it wrong for about 40 years…. always thought ac/dc’s dirty deeds was dirty dee and the dunder dees when i was a kid. i’m constantly having to make up lyrics to sing along with my favorite songs. my step-dad and his daughter are poor singers when it comes to pitch, but they can hear a song one 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and canadians also pronounce “lieutenant” as “lufftenant,” but spell it the same way americans do. afterwards, he lost consciousness and was later taken to the hospital, where he died. as well just end it all next time i’m swinging from that tree …. in addition to issues from words being run together (also applies to spoken words). still slip into that even though i now know what it’s supposed to be. that the laughing as subsided i thought of another one.” seriously the next time you hear this song you are going to hear bald headed woman!: bobbi kristina brown, an american reality television and media personality, singer, and actress. the meaning of literally has “literally” evolved to include its use as a superlative. it was only replaced a little over 200 years ago by a feminist who changed “they” to “he” as the universal pronoun! i’m sure some people disagreed with that usage for a while. i even had to record it for a client once – the singer and i wrote out and recorded a ‘best guess’ phonetic version and never heard a word of complaint. am very sorry it is taking me so long to die. spoken as mercury was dying of aids, asking to be helped to the restroom. the result may be, i shall carry to my grave the consciousness that at least i meant well for my country.: sinđelić uttered it during battle of čegar, before igniting the gunpowder kegs in the powder cave, creating an enormous explosion that killed him, all of the serb rebels and ottoman soldiers." his granddaughter, who died in a car accident, was buried in the same cemetery. it’s not like i go around telling people, “ha!.Note: said directly before he was executed by firing squad during the cristero rebellion in mexico. if everyone spoke ‘perfect’ english, well, it isn’t worth thinking about. (seriously, though, i’d like to talk to you about another service one or both of us could do, similar to the website setups. are actually his last written words: they are the last paragraph of che's last writing, "bolivian diary", which is the log che kept during the bolivian operations. only later did i figure out that jesus is the balm/bomb. the incident that happened that night was not my fault. after long hours of pain, corey then uttered the second quote and died. college roommate thought the correct lyrics to “you oughta know” by alanis morissette were “it’s not fair to deny me this *cross-eyed bear* that you’ve given me. things changed, however, when the rest of the world became more accustomed to their accents. it was while visiting her there that he exclaimed, at a certain point: "she is squeezing my hand! my mother once told me that my brother sang the christmas carol winter wonderland with the words walking in your winter underwear. people continually say (note that i don’t say “ask”) things like “what can i say.: john quincy adams suffered a cerebral hemorrhage on the floor of the u. that is, it should be “joe sixpack hand an impact on the outcome of the game”. for several weeks after that, every time we tho’t of it, we’d burst out laughing, didn’t matter where we were. : constantine xi palaiologos, final byzantine emperor, before charging into the final battle at the fall of constantinople to the turks in 1453. the man had a bit too thick of an accent and so we came up with ” they’ve got the booze at the barbeque fair. my son was about 3 years old, he would refer to the screen door as the “scream door. this may sound obvious to us all, language as a natural, evolved innate faculty; after all, the theory has been understood and mostly accepted for forty or so years, but if you look back over the history of linguistics to beyond the time such a word even existed, over the shoulders of saussure, jakobson and the brothers grimm to the earliest philologists and language investigators, there was no obvious reason to suppose that language was innate., i thought a dual carriageway was a ‘jewel’ carriageway because there were once jewels lining the central reservation as they used to be special routes reserved for the king or queen to drive down in their carriages., i wish you to understand the true principles of the government. favorite was my best friend’s sister who thought “dancing on the boulevard” was “dancing on the ball of yarn”. i'm going to tell you a story from the bible about spiritual courage….’ and take that arbitrary fruit, the grape: suppose grapes didn’t uniquely transmogrify themselves, without the addition of sugar, into a drink of almost infinite complexity? among her best:Zz top’s “sharp dressed man”: “everyone’s crazy ’bout a shotgun man. 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. i heard a beautiful rendition of “if i die young” with a twist.” i thought america the beautiful went, “america, america, god spread his grapes on thee and crowned thy good with robin hood . 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.[being asked: "have you ever pondered by yourself what will be your occupation in the next world? i had no idea that michael jackson sang in “smooth criminal”: “annie are you okay? have pointed out that lots of people use they (i use it myself,) but this is definitive evidence that your point #2 is actually wrong.’m so glad someone had the guts to write this. the song “i’m blue” by eiffel 65 has a part that goes da ba dee da ba di, da ba dee da ba di. “ad disguised as a comment” is most likely inserted in the comment sections of many, many websites. an interview on australian tv show studio 10, cameraman justin lyons said the second of these quotes were irwin's final words; while lyons tried to reassure him, irwin "sort of calmly looked up [at lyons] and said, ‘i’m dying’. always thought it was “oh what fun it is to ride in a one more sopen sleigh” instead of “in a one horse open sleigh”. you are welcome, of course, to disagree with my dislike of pedantry and to attempt to convince me that there is ‘correct’ and ‘incorrect’ english. hoobenism is when you can say something that is grammatically correct but impossible to write grammatically correct.: when tribune of the night watch came to ask for the password.” i remember thinking that it was the most stupid song ever because there was no such name as ‘satorja’. a kid ,for a long time, i thought the guy who transmogrified into the hulk was dr blue spanner ,he was my lady mondegreen. made a song out of a modegreen:Don’t wanna be… obama’s elf!. if “everyone makes this mistake”, then it’s no longer a mistake. using adjectives instead of adverbs is an all-too common error. and if what that man did in his life makes the blood pulse through the body of others and makes them believe deeper in something larger than life then his essence, his spirit, will be immortalized. i ordered a chop chop sirloin, medium well with fries. about 15 years ago i started a campaign to get them to pronounce “hiroshima” correctly. since english is not my mother language, any lyrics are misinterpreted ’till i heard it thousand times…. my son would sing this with full conviction and no apologies.! and the “marezy dotes” thing is actually a song based on mondegreens. i mean true: the child’s misinterpretation weren’t the original lyrics, but essentially works the same. paul and mary sang…”the ants are my friends; they’re blowin’ in the wind.” after going over and over, ad nauseum, the message with him [so how many versions - seriously!: he spent the last few years of his life dying of malnourishment and cancer of the small intestine. if badly modifies feel then it seems to imply you have problems emoting.” and up till i was 11 or 12 years old, i thought that the line “don’t go chasing waterfalls” from the tlc song was actually “go go jason waterfalls.- england dan/john ford coley, i’m not talkin bout my linen > i’m not talking about moving in. use of the word ‘literally’ pisses me off the most. while language does evolve, there are some very basic words that this theory doesn’t apply to, like lend and borrow." three times, went back inside, and spoke his last words under his breath before performing the ritual self-disembowelment. of course aside from both of these, there is the local tongue, english, french, cantonese, basque, whatever. luckily i’m not an horrible idiot myself, nor is my freind bob, but if i was yous shouldn’t feel bad for him and i. young friend in the 60′s asked if i heard the new beatle song “take a back right turn”… (paperback writer). risk of being an obnoxious twit, i’ll point out that many of the incorrect usages of “literally” are not grammatically incorrect, but are definitely poor word usage.“an historic” is common in academic writing even though the “h” is sounded. it works in moderation, but once you notice the overuse it’s painful to read.: lady diana spencer, 31 august 1997 (after being mortally wounded in a car accident). i don’t lose sleep over it, but the world would be a more lovely place if the subjunctive were better respected.” i’d only say something if i couldn’t understand the person — and certainly he didn’t misunderstand my comment based on one s that didn’t get typed. popular example of misheard lyrics is nirvana’s “smells like teen spirit” and especially the part of the lyrics which goes “a mulatto. by best friend growing up was the king of mondegreens! happens often with young children as was the case when my sons were toddlers.@phil, you say that “went” is the past tense of “to be”., i love the examples you’ve chosen to highlight, but i must point out that this very article (and the comments that follow, for that matter) has many punctuation errors, most of which involve commas.: spoken to his adopted son who had just arrived at the hospital. if queried, the response is all too often “but it’s obvious !” of course now, but only recently now (i am 54), do i realize he was singing “whirlpool”. many of my health issues are clearing up and i'm feeling a bit better.” this sentence has two clauses, and the subject and predicate of each clause agree.” i overheard a college friend singing along with eric on the radio, and it went like this: “i shot the sheriff, but i did not shoot him dead you see. he coined the term puppetutes “to mean a secret paper-doll fantasy figure who would be my everything and bear my children”.: asked if he has any last requests before facing a firing squad. i first discovered it as a “word of the day” and am now further fascinated to learn of its etymology (lady mondegreen). friend got the lyric from a popular song “like a g6″ confused with “like a cheese stick”. – 2%), but the cost is so low it doesn’t matter. he said when the song said “life in the fast lane…” as a kid, he heard “flys in the vasoline…” that later became lyrics in stp’s “vasoline”.” in any case, i also started evidencing this trait at a very early age, when learning the abcs:“… h, i, j, k, elemental p…”.” used as the theme for csi — i’ll let you figure out the first one yourself.” too bad there’s no agreement between the subjects and verbs in that sentence. in it, he talks about how he won’t use certain words: “i will not say ‘concept’ when i mean ‘idea’. “was/were” subjunctive rule has given me trouble for years.“i guess i’m not a stickler for anything proper… too many rules makes life boring! but they dote and swoon and fawn on the lady who’s withdrawn.: giles corey, while being crushed during the salem witch trials because he would not answer the court. may have a lot of bad habits in this country, but i daresay that the english currently spoken in great britain is a far cry from the english that was spoken there 200 years ago. my household growing up, my parents referred to a bureau as a “chest of drawers. correct phrasing of the fourth line is actually “and laid him on the green. coolidge after the two jumped into a ditch following a burst of japanese machine gun fire on the island of iejima. am curious to see what happens in the next world to one who dies unshriven.: his last words before joining his attack wave during the battle of the nek. husband says that in the song by stevie nicks – he heard “just like a white-winged dove” as “just like the white ranger” xd. crap, that first sentence is supposed to say “the rule… is as follows.… making the english-speaking world a better place, one word at a time. knowing standardized spelling makes it not only easier to be understood, it also makes it easier to recognize words quickly when reading. it was supposed to go, “i now baptize you in the father, the son, and in the holy ghost. niece whrn she was about 5 years old, whenever she wanted to go to “burger king” she allways said “apookining”. we were kids my bff thought guantanamera was ‘one ton tomato’. i’ve never taken a negative comment as a bad thing because it causes controversy which then brings the crowds. to count harrach as the archduke fell unconscious after being shot; he died shortly without ever regaining consciousness.” he thought leroy brown from bad leroy brown had a best friend or something. when we got to the chorus of the song, i realized that my mother was singing “gimme the beach boys” instead of “gimme the beat, boys.“i” is correct only when it would be so without the other people mentioned. always thought the line in blinded by the light was “wrapped up like a douch, another rumor in the night”.@dame…i love that song i sing that in the shower and my mom tell me to shut the frunt door if you know what i mean r we alod to cuse on here ? / you been a runnin’ all over the town now, / guess i’ll have to put your flat feet on the ground. we wouldn’t wonder at the lack of such a thing as wine in the world, any more than we wonder that raspberry wine (despite the deliciousness of raspberries as fruit) can’t, in the proper sense, exist or speculate on why the eggs of carp aren’t as good to eat as the eggs of sturgeon. i am constantly deciphering what people are saying, sometimes with unexpected results. it makes it seem like i am bragging and is just filling up space with no need for it. the term mondegreen is usually applied to misheard song lyrics or lines of poetry, but can also refer to other types of speech. a child, in the song “picnic time for teddy bears” i always thought they lyrics were “watch them, catch them underwears” when it is really “watch them catch them unaware”. my dad walked into the room and starting laughing as i sang, “mustang salad, / guess you better slow your mustang down.“might as well be” has always chimed in my ears as “marcus welby” (as in the doctor played by actor robert young, from the eponymous 1970s tv program). i’m feeling rather dumb at the moment, because i always thought it was:“mares eat oats, and does eat oats, and little lambs eat ivy. just did a little research, which i should have done before asking my question! although he gently invited them to his parlor and tried to have a meaningful conversation, their response was "問答無用. as an editor, i find it’s often overused (incorrectly), not underused. “final comma on the list” rule bugs me as well.“strummin guitar love” instead of “come and get your love”. couple of other pet peeves come to mind: unique and first annual. really easy tip to add to them is this:Make sure you check a post or comment before hitting the send button.: he was taking cover in a bunker after they were hit by a rocket. mother of a girl i dated in high school (the bee gees were big then) said one time, “i just don’t understand it.” (object of the preposition) or “i gave myself a haircut. didn’t catch that auto fill mistake on my phone. thought “big girls don’t cry” was “big girls, small fry”.: he shouted these words in a delirium on his deathbed. but it just may be a lutefisk you’re looking for. can never say two strippers were all over i; thus you can never say two strippers were all over jim and i.@arp – i’m coining another axiom:“writing about grammar mistakes is like standing naked and covered in barbecue sauce in front of a bunch of starving cannibals and saying, ‘let me tell you the finer points of eating people. dearly departed best friend used to laugh about his ex-girlfriend’s version of “i’d really love to see you tonight. i do it tactfully, though, so i don’t sound like an idiot.’s worth the effort to craft your writing as clearly, cleanly, and correctly as your ability permits. i realise that many people use it as an intensifier, a sort of “super-really”, but in the long run, that seems likely to cause confusion. sitting bull refused to leave with the police and a crowd of angry supporters gathered around him. dieu, mon dieu, ayez pitié de mon âme et de ce pauvre peuple.“wrongly” sounds wrong just about any way i can think to use it. for all these years, i wondered if he was really saying ‘douche’. 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.# i’m not a piece of meat and you lick my brain”. bock, my 5th grade english teacher for giving me the simplest of litmus tests. thought it was “send me cider and guide her” instead of “stand beside her and guide her” in the song god bless america. #2, the last few editions of the chicago manual of style have been neutral on the singular use of “they.” which i always thought was gross and didn’t make sense. despite this knowledge, statesmen in responsible positions on both sides continue to employ the well-known technique of seeking to intimidate and demoralize the opponent by marshaling superior military strength. i always heard, “marsy-dotes and dozey-dotes and little lambzy-divey, i kiddley-divey too, wouldn’t you?“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.: yukio mishima (pseudonym of kimitake hiraoka), moments before committing ritual suicide (seppuku). still laugh about it today when we hear that song. to quote henry fowler (1926), subjunctives are “antiquated survivals of pretentious journalism, infecting their context with dullness. it does set classically-educated folks’ teeth on edge, which can be a bug or a feature depending on your goals. freud had been in agony for some months due to oral cancer and had previously discussed with his physician that he wished to be euthanized rather than endure prolonged suffering. correct lyrics are: “can’t read my, can’t read my, no he can’t read my poker face.’s a more obscure one:There’s a song by an old death metal band called hypocrisy, which is about seeing ufos.. i don’t like the idea that “writing should be invisible” at all. when i write for one magazine client in particular, they always change that to the following on editing:“i need to get bread, peanut butter and jelly at the store., according to laroquod’s statistics, a full 10 percent of my readers will stumble over my errors. couple of years ago, i confused “carved my name into his leather seats” with “carved my name into his legacy” in carrie underwood’s “before he cheats”, since she says those words particularly fast, blending the end of the words in. country ‘tis of thee:“of thee i sing” sounded like “of the icing”. the article it should be “the bonny … ” (not “the boony … “). the romantics’ “talking in your sleep” comes on the radio, my mom recounts the story of how when my uncle was young, he’d mistakenly replace the line “i hear the secrets that you keep” with “i hear the secret apache chief. said shortly before his execution by firing squad at 10:04 a.”wiches stand” and for like 7 years i thought that apparently wiches had a part is us history. no one who says “at the lop of your tongues” really believes this to be the “correct form” of “at the top of you lungs. upon discovering that i had been mishearing it, my entire perception of the song collapsed.” the next time i heard it i was singing “gotta do the white boy jump,” and it sounded stupid so i listened to the lyrics and it turned out he said “trying to pick the right one, trying to pick the right one. steven pinker, the harvard professor who writes on psycholinguistics and the evolutionary development of language and the mind, has made quite a tidy living out of popularising what you might call chomskian ideas.’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. is it “do’s and don’ts” or “do’s and dont’s” or something else?” i still sing it that way to annoy my wife and daughter. however, we have to aim to uphold the standards so that people can communicate effectively.“howard, it be thy name,” from the lord’s prayer instead of, “hallowed it be thy name. a smart tyranny, he said, would remove words like justice, fairness, liberty and right from usage. this is a nice article to start thinking about my language mistakes, thank you.” 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.’t uttered the us’s pledge of allegiance since elementary school (likely due to the secular motions against its contents). after an adjective we use adverbs with a few exceptions some of which are the verb to be, get, feel etc . used to think the song “boys of summer” went “i can tell you my love for you will still be strong, into the poison, summer is gone,” instead of “boys of summer. principal used to always tell us the story of how, when she was little, she’d go to church and sing hymns about “gladly, the cross-eyed bear. this one up to trying to sound intelligent, like the “myself” rule above. and there are so many ways that ac/dc’s dirty deeds done dirt cheap can be heard. and if literally loses its meaning how will we distinguish the real from the false? the comments here has led me to ask about one other aggravation (though this comes from my punctuation wench, not from from grammar wench), and it is this: when did it become acceptable for people to cease using question marks when asking a question?’m an actor, and we have a sweet, enthusiastic, elderly choir lady in our troupe, and instead of singing “adam lay y-bounden” she says “adam lady bounden” … most of us find it amusing, and don’t have the heart to correct her.” if you stress the second syllable, you naturally tend to drop the h, or at least put less emphasis on it. 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.: nathan hale, american spy, hanged in 1776, according to the account by william hull based on reports by john montresor.(before anyone yells, i know nerdery isn’t a word :p). i mean, come on, is it really that hard that they can’t get it right? disagree with him, for this reason:In english, there are some situations where the a very strict interpretation of the rules results in more confusion, not less. language shifts, but at this point in time, it is still acceptable.” the mondegreen now stands corrected as “mairzydoats and dozydoats and lidelamsydivy, a kidlidivy too, wouldn’t you? here’s wikipedia:Some people call me the space cowboy. but, “i went fishing” and “i was fishing” imply different things.: byrd told his family he loved them and that they should keep fighting the death penalty. favourite one is the first line of the third verse of “to god be the glory”; which to my childish brain sounded like, “great things he has tortoise!) written “bob, mr parsons and i will make up the committee” then “i” would be the correct (nominative case) form. beatles mondegreen:To my surprise, their song “dead irene” is actually supposed to be “dear diary! line references a track on a previous miller album: “space cowboy” on brave new world (1969); “gangster of love” on sailor (1968); and “enter maurice” on recall the beginning…a journey from eden (1972), which includes the lines:[1]. i wonder how they’ve come to acquire this variation.! i’ve always heard things wrong like thinking when my bff said pigeon that she had said the b word and when my other fried was talking about a book on mars he had said miley cyrus. give it another couple of decades, and it may be gone forever. but let’s return to pleasure before we get bogged down in bibliography. he doesn’t know that it should be ‘me’ rather than ‘myself’ there.: he suffered a stroke on a walk near his home, and asked to be laid down on the ground. lately i’ve had to relax my view of the english language. in any case, i wouldn’t be eating a waffle…. rush’s freewill i thought it was “im unfortunute thats what you mean” insted of “on a fortune hunt thats far too fleet”. peers have more influence on our speech than teachers or even parents. earth wind and fire’s devotion, the verse “from the fruit of evil” sounds almost like “toma tu sopita” (take your little soup).“this lend/borrow issue isn’t a variation due to dialect. she may have died of mercury poisoning, the after-effect of an earlier treatment for typhoid fever. years, i thought that the line “she thinks that happiness is a mat that sits on her doorway” (from 3 am by matchbox twenty) was “she thinks that happiness is a mouse…”.: richard loeb, half of the famous murderers leopold and loeb; said after being slashed ninety times with a razor by a fellow inmate. 3 year old son sang ” transformers, robots and dese (these) guys. he wanted to inspire people to come up with their own interpretations. she told him she was going for coffee, unaware if he could hear her, and he said those words.… it’s “a flat-bed ford, slowin’ down to take a look at me. is also said to have been quoted near his death: "i feel i no longer fit in with these times. there is a song on that album, “gonna get you,” that i still swear sounds like a who outtake from _face dances_. have so many… i have two intentional ones: instead of singing queen’s song “under pressure”, i sing “under prussia”, and my brother and i like to sing “you spin me right ’round, baby right ’round, like an oyster”. i hate that, and i particularly hate the fact that so many of these pedants assume that i’m on their side. still chuckle about my friend thinking “white punks on dope” by the tubes, was “white pumps don’t go”!" when phocas gave this reply, an enraged heraclius killed and beheaded him on the spot.’s a song i used to hear on a rock radio station a lot that i thought went “oh hey the low can i…(da da da da)-ify…take my heart oh oh oh”. lines in question are, “such are promises/all lies & jest. he needed help remembering 12, 11, and 10 but then he’d do the rest from memory and i thought it way too cute to correct him.. i learned “a” is used with consonants and “an” is used with vowels, or things that sound like a vowel. as quoted in "the last hours", life of president garfield: the complete record of a wonderful career (1881), by william ralston balch, p.: scrawled on a piece of paper; there is debate as to whether bismarck meant to convey that he was returning to the afterlife or was simply delerious or intoxicated. i was 5, my mother taught me “rudolph, the red nosed reindeer. i listen to sonngs i dont always understand the words and just sing what i hear, this is a great word to know! i was much younger, my siblings and i would often sing “john smith in his underwear” to the line “this place is warm without a care” from the song someday by sugar ray.” and in a particularly grisly turn of events, a mall santa reported that needy, sad children “literally tear his heart out. that’s the beauty of language, it evolves and adapts. i know that’s a bad sentence, but it tells the tale.: these words (the shema, from deuteronomy 6:4) were stated as r. always thought the song, “another one bites the dust”, was, “another one rides the bus”. funny part: i really do have a cousin named tina lol.: these were the last words written in his suicide letter. you have been in every way all that anyone could be. up the lights— i don't want to go home in the dark. lend/borrow issue isn’t a variation due to dialect. lived in germany, i guessed that “santa claus” originated as a mishearing or mispronunciation of the german “sankt niklaus”, which is pronounced approximately like “zahnkt niclouse”, very close to santa claus. interesting read, especially for somebody who isn’t a native english speaker. using the man as the universal gender produces shorter sentences and maintains historical continuity. think that the “an” in front of “historic” (and a few other silent h words) stems not from trying to sound educated but from trying to follow the rules. killed the president because he was the enemy of the good people, the good working people.: the line from paul simon’s “you can call me al” the line is “far away my well-lit door mr.’ve found the remarks i’ve read highly entertaining and am sure i made my share of mondegreens, especially while i was learning english after coming here as a 7-year-old immigrant. a foreigner i’m terrified to write here, but i’m looking for an answer to a small argument i’m having with my husband. people that have stopped talking in their old age have still been reported as being able to sing their old hymns or other songs from their youth. that’s the strength of blogs–the opportunity to expand, question, and discuss. one ton of metal…” &c) turned out to not even be in english. has just about every other person who has heard the song “blinded by the light,” i misunderstood “revved up like a deuce, another runner in the night. who are interested in writing will quickly discover the basic rules, and will – like the rest of us – embark on a lifetime of learning.: william henry harrison, 9th president of the united states and the first to die in office. i watched the movie with the subtitles, i thought that in prince caspian, during the duel between peter and king miraz, miraz says “das is eines nid espite” when really he’s saying “does his highness need a respite”….” this is revised to read “if writers use bad grammar, they will seem like monkeys., if i have done well, you know it; and if badly, i take refuge in your infinite mercy. while he may have shot himself after the tape ran out, these were his last recorded words. give my soul to god, my body to the earth, and my worldly possessions to my nearest of kin, charging them to remember the sufferings of jesus christ. i need more help with my blog… i wish it wasn’t just myself doing all the work.” she quickly figured out her mistake, but it’s still a running joke in my family. a long time i misunderstood peter gabriel’s “sledgehammer”:“this amusement never ends” sounded to me like. he was said to be a fine gentleman who had never cursed until that day, according to ricardo palma's "tradiciones en salsa verde". a great renaissance of shakespeare, the bible of king james, milton and dryden leading into the classical english of johnson and pope., 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. “across the universe” when john lennon sang “jai guru deva” i thought he was singing about a guy named jackaroo dave. as well with the bikini kill song “feels blind” lyric ‘we eat your hate like love, we eat your hate like love’ said ‘we eat your hate like blood, we eat your like blood’. incorrect use of the word ‘only’ really annoys me, for example ‘i only eat pizza’ does not mean the same as ‘i eat only pizza’.@johnny, i didn’t realize you were in cleveland, too." an equivalent english phrasing in meaning would be "i am the king of sweden… no more". i’ll copy a chunk of a wikipedia section in below to explain this, but there is a more pressing matter to consider- can a word be a mondegreen if it is taken from a foreign word or a word which the listener had no reasonable chance of understanding because of its arcane, technical or neologic nature? always thought the line “dancing juice” from bruno mars’ marry you was dancing jews. in that way they would understand how so many of us are offended when writers use adjectives instead of adverbs. 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?: the last of the "schillschen officers" - a group of eleven prussian officers executed on the schillschen field in wesel, germany, by napoleon's troops. am actually singing the words “an house” in felix mendelssohn’s st.” i’ve been seeing phrases like “an historic” increasingly more frequently in print an internet-based and wondering whether someone changed the rule while i wasn’t looking! there is a verse that clarifies, “if the words sound queer and funny to your ear and a little bit jumbled and jivey, sing, ‘mares – eat – oats – and – does – eat – oats – and – little – lambs – eat – ivy!” i’ve been seeing phrases like “an historic” increasingly more frequently in print an internet-based and wondering whether someone changed the rule while i wasn’t looking! in class after the pledge of allegiance, we sang some patriotic song or other. it wasn’t until i was starting college that my mom looked at me oddly and said “it’s salmon eggs. it’s only because of christianity or whatever nonsense going on today that really makes you displease in a male. thought it was “want you in my room when your baby is sick”, like she was cheating with him on his girlfriend when she had a cold or something. they both can mean the same in the sense that when he died, she died, too. i was small, we had a song at church to aid the learning of the books of the new testament in with the lyrics, “matthew, mark, luke and john, acts and the epistle to the romans”.” the universal pronoun “he” remained in the school books from the 1800s until 1960, at which point the schools were permitted to change the pronouns., comment addict that he is, i think he may have in fact perished of happiness., 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. other was a few years ago with my at-the-time 10 year old daughter.. i learned “a” is used with consonants and “an” is used with vowels, or things that sound like a vowel.: being hopeful: “hopefully, he put his hand on her knee.‘“i decided to run away quickly,” is correct, but sounds…stilted. line in the late jeff healey song ‘king of wishful thinking’ that goes…. i was a child, i thought journey’s “open arms” was “agatha. convention exists, of course it does, but convention is no more a register of rightness or wrongness than etiquette is, it’s just another way of saying usage: convention is a privately agreed usage rather than a publicly evolving one.” i might be wrong about this, but i’m pretty sure “since” should be used in a cause and effect example, and “as” should be used as a time reference. friend’s wife used to think “freeze frame” was grease face. when eventually the lyrics do come along in the song, there’s a line:“look to the sky just before you die/ for it’s the last time you will”. we were young, our house had a party line (telephone service shared with neighbors).: spoken before a match as the blue blazer, versus the godfather, where during his entrance he suffered his fatal fall. like other parts of language, punctuation is also subject to change.: he was in the middle of an acceptance speech at missouri's sports hall of fame when he collapsed in mid-sentence and never regained consciousness. my son was little he told me he learned to say the thing about the witch and the bucket: “and to the bucket for witch it stands…. i love you all and i deeply implore you to keep the lasagna flying.: the first set of words were presumably genghis khan's last words according to legend, while the second set were supposed to have been spoken after he fell ill as his forces approached the tangut capital of ningxia.ərbaycancaбългарскиcymraegdeutschελληνικάespañolفارسیsuomigalegoעבריתmagyaritaliano日本語lietuviųnederlandspolskiportuguêsslovenščinashqipతెలుగుtürkçeاردو中文. all intensive purposes, i hardly never sound like a chimp.: im blue da ba dee da ba die da ba dee da ba die. out of the way we move we can make dance, out of the way we speak we can make poetry and oratory and comedy and all kinds of verbal enchantments.” she asked me to use it in a sentence: how are you the smorning. i can think of a lot more, including commonly misspelled words, so you may have just inspired me to write my own blog post on the fine arts of a grammar freak.” before i could read, i couldn’t figure out what jesus was doing laying in the gravy!, i was quite proud of my emerging reading skills when i realized that there were signs on the interstate designed specifically to help a person with this issue! way of describing a hoobenism is:When you say it, its true…when you write it, its false. they do so even though such a policy entails the risk of war and doom. 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”). you ever heard someone sing the wrong lyrics to a song? however, the second and third choruses sound to me like “it’s a honky tonk willy”. suffered a fatal heart attack in public, and as people gathered round the spot someone said 'get a doctor.)” and substituted them for the songs’ subtitles in “the other abridged movie.: stanley 'tookie' williams, gangster and co-founder of the crips, d.” the singular they can be found in the writings of:Robert louis stevenson. used to mistake the lyric “gave proof through the night” in the star spangled banner for “babe ruth through the night”. was also reported to have ordered a bottle of the hotel's most expensive champagne to later say: i am dying beyond my means. example is bring and take — these two little words have been corrupted by so many. doesn’t mean you shouldn’t use the phrase — it’s it a great phrase. (because sometimes, “the needs of the one… outweigh the needs of the many. but the men were at a loss for a response, and none of them was making fun of the child, because they didn’t know the answer any more than he did. i think you could make an hilarious blog collecting ‘literally’ faux pas. drank a liver tea, it’s a tea that’s healthy for your liver. ‘britain’s ss is bigger than that of any other country. watch out, that “chimp” might just speak a language or two you don’t. 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 can’t believe how many credited songs to the wrong people! we all gots things we could get improved on with grammar. friend of mine in high school always sang it strange and we eventually found out that he thought it was “while she looks so sad and odercrast”. it seems to be a case very few english-speaking people know of. my version for years was “everything counts by roger maus”.@smitty, oh yes, “impacted” makes me want to, well, impact someone. counting boxes [ i think they are called computers] for some thing or. crack up everytime i hear beast of burden by the stones…. so i’d write “1s” and “0s” (without the apostrophe) as much as possible, but would write “a’s” because without it, it’s “as”… which of course looks like “as.“not only is putting “an” in front of a word with an audible h grammatically incorrect, it’s also uncommonly annoying. made sense to me that she would slow down, suddenly interested to see one of the eagles standing on a corner in winslow, arizona. they would stand in the bathtub, shut the drain, and then say, “i now baptize you in the father, the son, (open the drain), and in the hole he goes”! to be a stickler but the mondegreen of smoke on the water, fire in the sky is: slow motion walter, fire engine guy. shakespeare, swift, shelley, scott, and dickens, as well as many other english and american writers, have used they and its forms to refer to singular antecedents. sure, some of these are subject to regional variation or can be argued for as common usage. mitchell, upon being given a drink of orange juice while convalescing in a hospital. in the medical world, this is something that would require the use of suppositories. collective sampled a grateful dead lyric “whoa i walk sky” and called their new song “what would i want sky”. and the correct lyric is : my mother was a tailor/she sewed my new blue jeans…. i realized my error when he repeated the question – which to do with getting laid – not the time of day. me genuit, calabri rapuere, tenet nunc parthenope; cecini pascua rura duces. was defeated by heraclius in a civil war, and had been abandoned by his supporters as heraclius and his army arrived at constantinople.(through clenched teeth) i am sorry i could not see my father. luckily i’m not an horrible idiot myself, nor is my freind bob, but if i was yous shouldn’t feel bad for him and i. (seriously, though, i’d like to talk to you about another service one or both of us could do, similar to the website setups. would you like another example: ain’t used to be an acceptable contraction.” my mom corrected me, “up, up in the sky, where the little birds fly.” “she’s just a girl who cleans not i am the one/but the girl is not my size” instead of “she’s just a girl who claims that i am the one/but the kid is not my son. my docs are concerned that my heart has shown no improvement. all the charm of eliza doolittle is in the way she goes from mangling english to speaking it very clearly. seeing grammar mistakes in something that is supposed to be a voice of authority makes me “literally” want to ….: le chevalier sans peur et sans reproche, died of an arquebus shot to the back in battle with the spaniards.

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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.


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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 you. 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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?[1] “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. 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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.

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