Mondegreen

Mondegreen  is a mishearing or misinterpretation of a phrase as a result of near-homophony, in a way that gives it a new meaning. Mondegreens are most often created by a person (ME) listening to a poem or a song; the listener, being unable to clearly hear a lyric, substitutes words that sound similar and make some kind of sense.

So does that make me a Mondegreener?

It almost sounds like the french phrase, “Mon Dieu”, like when you’ve heard something incredulous.

I have always messed lyrics up. And sometimes conversations.

I didn’t know it was SOOO obvious. I thought I could play it off like I have been drinking and become the ditz. Cuz let’s be honest…I sound drunk even when I am sober.

Jazzy hadn’t hosted us in awhile, so we were thrilled that she decided to throw an Oscar soiree for Zappy, Roni, Shaka, Mads and me.

I had seen most of the movies this year (which by the way, doesn’t make it easier to vote for the winners). I almost didn’t want to participate because Roni ALWAYS wins. And I am not good at losing.

But the looks that Mads, Jazzy and Zappy gave me of not participating almost felt worse than losing AGAIN. So I forked over $ and Shaka and I played along.

Jazzy is such a good hostess.

jazzy oscars

I told her that I hadn’t been there in a lonnnnng time and that it makes me sad cuz she throws the best parties.

She said, “Oh, well, I am not sad. My bf (she actually said his name and not “bf”, cuz that would be weird) and I are happy here doing things at home.”

And I said, “I don’t care if YOU’RE sad! I said, ‘I’m sad!'”

And then we all laughed at my sadness.

The food was great! The desserts were yummy! The drinks were flowing. And RONI WAS STILL WINNING! Arggggh.

Then that bizarre Eminem performance came on and we all looked at the tv like,

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Not really, but we were wondering if the drinks had made us believe it was 2002.

I start singing “Lose Yourself” at the commercial break.

“Snap back to reality/  Oh there goes gravity /  Oh there goes gravity”

Zappy looks at me and says, “It’s ‘oh there goes Rabbit, he…'”

I was like, “WHAAAAA??”

Turns out, we were both right. I just was stuck on that one line.

Roni and Zappy tied the Oscar pool and decided to donate their winnings to Jazzy for the party (they are better people than I am…lol)

But Shaka and I did pose for my fake win for best actress.

shaka and me at oscars party

I was telling him about the Oops there goes gravity line and he laughed and said, “don’t I know it. you do that all the time.”

I was like, “WHAAAAA??”

Then, skip skip skip to a few weeks later, Shaka and I are on a mini-road trip to Ventura. “Hopelessly Devoted To You” comes on (I have no idea what we were listening to – Spotify? youtube?)

When I was a kid, I was OBSESSED with “Grease.” They even filmed part of it at my high school and I was so excited to pick out the parts where they sing different scenes. I used to have a book called a FotoNovel of the film.

fotonovel

I had the album. I saw the movie many times. I dressed up as Sandy (after her transformation) for Halloween.

Me as sandy

I was an expert is what I am trying to say.

So we’re in the car listening to Hopelessly Devoted to You. And I am singing loudly along.

But now there’s no way to hide
Since you pushed my love aside
I’m nodding my head hopelessly devoted to you
Hopelessly devoted to you
Hopelessly devoted to you

And I say to Shaka, “why is she ‘nodding’ her head? I think she means to say. ‘shaking her head’, like she can’t believe it’s happening.”

Shaka looks at me. Thinks for a minute (probably about how he is married to someone whose view of the world around her is so vastly removed from reality) and says,

“What are you talking about?”

“You know, that part, where she sings ‘I’m nodding my head, hopele…”

“Stop stop…it’s ‘I’m outta my head.”

“WHAAAA? No. It can’t be.” And then I think for a minute and am like, “well…I’ll be. that makes more sense. All these years. Wow. Put it on again so I can sing it differently.”

And Shaka shook, not nodded, his head.

And I, in a french accent exclaimed, “Mondegreen!”