9 responses to “Whiplash Misreadings”

  1. marta

    I tend to mix pieces of words together to make another word. Meaning, my eye will take have a word on the first line and pair it with half a word on another line and I think I’ve seen a word I’m interested in. But when I read the paragraph, I can’t find the word I thought I saw. Then I go back and figure out what syllable combo my brain picked up.

    Funny, how the not-really-there word tends to be related to something on my mind.

    And song lyrics…there is one song I keep thinking they’re singing, “Roses in the hall” but they’re actually singing, “Groove is in the heart.”

    There are more, but the one example will suffice.

  2. whaddayamean

    oh god. i had a really embarrassing one of these happen at work today (i portmanteau-ed the name of a photo supplier with a particular piece of human anatomy). but it’s too bad for me to post on the internet. all my co-workers got a really good laugh out of it, though.

  3.'s brudder

    Well we are talking “New Yorker” here…and there is that whole “Neiuw Amsterdam” thing (, so evolutionarally speaking…

  4. Jayne

    Dyslegere? I’m making that up, but now I want to Google it. Thank you for reminding me that I am normal. Or as abnormal as the next person. Or you. Or most of us. Or maybe I am just not alone, but not so normal at all. 😉

  5. Jayne

    @John – Oh the tangents… I could follow them all day! You know, of course, I’m going to look up De Le Gera.

    After coming up from under all the back-to-school paperwork I finally looked up dyslegere. It turns out I’m not the only one to think of the term. Someone used it on a UK Keratoconus support group chat board. Whenever I think I’ve thought something entirely original, I am inevitably proven wrong. Darn.

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