Yer What?

My grandma used to complain she could understand None of the words in pop songs.

A more common problem, perhaps, is mishearing particular words or phrases. These errors are known as mondegreens and come from Lady Mondegreen, a misinterpretation of the phrase laid him on the green from the traditional ballad ‘The Bonny Earl of Murray’.

My search for stuff that makes me laugh – beginning with Spike Milligan in my previous post – continues with this wonderful (if slightly bawdy) example of stand-up comedy from Peter Kay. I was born in Bolton and can confirm that most people from Lancashire are funny, if not quite this amusing …

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10 thoughts on “Yer What?

  1. When singing hymns at school I became very worried about the “Mice in Plicity” and exactly why we should pity them.
    Misheard words are a great source of amusement- Peter Kay is a great revealer of the humour in everyday life. Thank goodness there is a lot of it about – if you know where to look.

    1. Me too, Curt, though I can never remember any examples. Oh yes, one … we had a pear tree in our garden when I was a kid, so during our national anthem I always heard ‘send her victorias’ instead of ‘send her victorious’!

  2. I’ve always loved that song ‘You’re the One That I Want’ Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta. Great duet, although I used to think they were singing ‘The Wizard of Oz!’

    1. Haha … and then there’s this …

      Know a ditty nutty as a fruitcake
      Goofy as a goon and silly as a loon
      Some call it pretty, others call it crazy
      But they all sing this tune:.
      Mairzy doats and dozy doats and liddle lamzy divey
      A kiddley divey too, wouldn’t you?
      Yes! Mairzy doats and dozy doats and liddle lamzy divey
      A kiddley divey too, wouldn’t you?

      If the words sound queer and funny to your ear, a little bit jumbled and jivey
      Sing “Mares eat oats and does eat oats and little lambs eat ivy”.

      Oh! Mairzy doats and dozy doats and liddle lamzy divey
      A kiddley divey too, wouldn’t you-oo?
      A kiddley divey too, wouldn’t you?

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