[Ads-l] A "kiss-this-guy" kind of mishearing

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Sun May 10 22:57:59 UTC 2015

Those old enough and hip enough may recall an R&B tune from 1957 titled
"Searchin'," by The Coasters. It was in the ordinary call-and-response
style of black singing, the call being

"I'm searchin' "

and the response being

"Gonna find her."

A friend claims, for years, she heard the response as,

"Call a panda,"

causing her to expend mind-hours trying to make the connection between
searching for one's lost love and calling a panda to help one do it.

All say, "How hard it is that we have to die!"---a strange complaint to
come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
-Mark Twain

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

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