June 6, 2015

Mishearing

Oliver Sacks has an op-ed in the NYT today. It's about the words he mishears now that he's going deaf. As with everything Sacks writes, it's an interesting read. It also made me remember something I misheard.

A few weeks back, a friend phoned me while she was out for a walk. She was huffing and puffing as she told me that a friend had a "hip-hop-eration". I thought "Wow, a hip-hop-eration! I wonder what that does for you." Listening to the next few sentences, I realized she had said "hip operation". Mishearing -- sometimes it's fun.

4 comments:

Artichoke Annie said...

Ha ha, I agree mishearing is the best. Well except for the whiplash I get from doing a double-take sometimes.

K. that was "whip-lash" not "hip-lash", just incase you misheard what I said.

writenow said...

You're always able to clarify things for me. It's a gift.

cm said...

TThis reminds me of the SNL sketch from decades ago. Roseanne Roseannadanna. Never mind.

writenow said...

She was the one thing I liked about SNL, though all my friends adored the show. I was more a Second City boy.