Misheard Lyrics Is Called ‘Mondegreen’ FYI
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We all mishear lyrics all of the time. Jimi Hendrix and 'Excuse me while I kiss this guy.' For the longest time I had no idea what it really said. Yet another study has come forth for our knowledge.
Dr. Mark Liberman who is a professor of linguistics at the Linguistic Data Consortium at the University of Pennsylvania. He explains that when you hear a song, you are getting an input signal that is muddled with all of the background music. He says:
It's a phenomenon called "mondegreens," and German researchers confirm that it happens all the time. When you hear a song, you're getting an input signal that is muddled with background music, rhythms, and syllabification, making it hard for your brain to interpret everything at once. He tells Yahoo Health, "When the signal is more ambiguous... then more of our perceptions are likely to be invented."
They side affect is that once you hear it wrong it sticks with you for the rest of your life. Like Jimi Hendrix tune and Creedance Clearwater Revivals 'Bad Moon Rising.' include "there's a bathroom on the right," you’re not the only one. Scientists say mistakes like this one are actually fueled by our prior knowledge.
I think it's hilarious. How many lyrics have you thought one thing and found out the other? To funny!