'b-ball' > 'people'

William Salmon wnsalmon at D.UMN.EDU
Mon Mar 4 16:30:31 UTC 2013

Here's a case of misheard song lyrics with serious repercussions. I
wonder how close the pronunciation of 'b-ball' is to 'people' in the
receptionist's dialect?

The teen’s voicemail greeting trigged a lockdown at his Pennsylvania
school after a receptionist misheard his rendition of “The Fresh
Prince of Bel-Air” theme song. While trying to confirm an appointment
with 19-year-old Travis Clawson the receptionist thought the message
said “shooting people outside of the school.” The line is actually
“shooting some b-ball,” a reference to basketball.


The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

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