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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.o.m.e.one's brudder

    Well we are talking “New Yorker” here…and there is that whole “Neiuw Amsterdam” thing (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Amsterdam), 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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