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

Mullins, Bill CIV (US) william.d.mullins18.civ at MAIL.MIL
Fri May 15 15:02:26 UTC 2015


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I wish you hadn't posted this, Wilson.  The opening bars of "Searchin'" remind me of the Oak Ridge Boys hit "Elvira", and I can't get that song out of my head.  Classic Earworm.

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> Subject: A "kiss-this-guy" kind of mishearing
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> Subject:      A "kiss-this-guy" kind of mishearing
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> 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.
> 
> --
> -Wilson
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> 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
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