Mondegreens – Yahoo Health (May 26, 2015)

Yahoo Health (May 26, 2015)

Prof. Andrew Nevins was asked to comment on why we often mishear lyrics — Mondegreens for an article by Yahoo Health writer Korin Miller.

Excerpt: “Prone to mondegreens? It might not be your fault. Andrew Nevins, PhD, a professor of linguistics at Britain’s University College London tells Yahoo Health that some sounds are just more easily confused than others.

Consonants are typically more confused than vowels, he says, and unstressed syllables are more easily confused than stressed syllables. Nouns are also confused more often than verbs. So, when you have a line like “got a long list of ex-lovers,” which contains two nouns out of six words and three words that start with consonants, it leaves a lot open for misinterpretation.”

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Andrew Nevins (UCL London) Tooth and Throat Singing: Mondegreens and the Decoding of Sound Structure

Andrew Nevins (UCL London) Tooth and Throat Singing: Mondegreens and the Decoding of Sound Structure


Sempre Cantei Errado (Portuguese Misheard Lyrics)

For Portugese Misheard Lyrics:

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Calma, Freddie.


Word of Mouth (BBC4, Tue 6 Aug 2013) with Professor Andrew Nevins on Slips of the Ear:


BBC on Misophonia, Mondegreens and Miscommunication

BBC Radio 4 on Mondegreens! Stuart Maconie takes a look at mondegreens – aka misheard lyrics – considering classics by Jimi Hendrix and Creedence Clearwater Revival as well as some contemporary musical misunderstandings in a track by the band Hot Chip.



“New York, New York, it’s an elephant town.” from “Frank and Ernest”

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“New York, New York, it’s an elephant town.”  was misheard as “New York, New York, it’s a helluva town.”