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Tuesday, March 01, 2011

Brainworm

Even worse than an Earworm, once a Brainworm (or properly, persistent malapropism) gets in your head, you'll never hear the correct lyrics again. It's even worse when you don't know the language.

I used to admonish my tech school students not to tell me what they thought they heard when I helped them review recordings of staticky radio traffic (I'd have them write it down where I couldn't see it.) One night, a studnut handed me her headphones and said, "All I hear is 'Candy Bar!'" Strangely, I couldn't hear anything else but that when I gave the audio a listen.

My other persistent malapropisms (from pop music):

"There's a bathroom on the right." (CCR)

"You picked a fine time to leave me, Lucille. With 400 children and a crop in the field." (Kenny Rogers) Thanks, Cousin, Beth!

Do you have any brainworms?

What are your brainworms?

How could I forget, "Excuse me, while I kiss this guy." (Jimi Hendrix)?

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6 Comments:

  • At 5:54 AM, Blogger BobG said…

    "Reverend Bluejeans" Neil Diamond from "Forever in Blue Jeans" and
    "'Scuse me while I kiss this guy" Jimi Hendrix from "Purple Haze"

     
  • At 8:08 AM, Anonymous gator said…

    "He's been workin' all week, he's got metal for teeth, and that old cow sure looks fine" - John Conlee, Friday Night Blues

     
  • At 4:04 PM, Blogger Fits said…

    "Secret Asian man, Secret Asian Man, they've given you a number, but taken 'way your name..."

     
  • At 5:05 PM, Anonymous lil bro said…

    "Brenda Rinnetti" from Billy Joel's "Scenes from an Italian Restaurant"

     
  • At 9:51 PM, Anonymous jimbob86 said…

    Li'l Brother belted this out at age 5 or 6, in the prescence of the Grandparents:"You picked a fine time to leave me, Lucille. With 400 children who crap in the field." (Kenny Rogers)

    Gramma was apoplectic. Grampa quipped, "That'll be be some TALL corn!"

     
  • At 11:23 AM, Blogger Gordon R. Durand said…

    There's a whole book of them. 'Scuse Me While I Kiss This Guy: And Other Misheard Lyrics by Gavin Edwards and Chris Kalb. I see on Amazon now there's another called Hit Me With Your Pet Shark.

     

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