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    Mispronunciations in Songs

    "These Things Take Time" by The Smiths pronounces this word as "wonder kind"

    https://dictionary.cambridge.org/us/...ish/wunderkind

    Still a fabulous song, though, which was probably knocked off in an hour or so in a BBC studio

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    Anarch-EYE-st is the obvious one.

    Whatever Kurt Cobain mumbles instead of "At all the millions here" in The Man Who Sold The World.

    Brett Anderson's pronunciation of the J in "marijuana".

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    Quote Originally Posted by 3 Colours Red View Post
    Whatever Kurt Cobain mumbles instead of "At all the millions here" in The Man Who Sold The World.
    Something very strange about 'mult-i millionaires', if I recall correctly. (Morrissey also chucks an extraneous consonant into 'criminally' in How Soon is Now?)

    In Megadeth's rather-odd cover of Anarchy in the UK, Dave Mustaine sings about a 'c***-like tendency' - presumably because he had no idea what a 'council tenancy' was.

    The most egregious of which I can think offhand is Jaz Mann's cringeworthy utterance about a 'Try-annosaurus' at the beginning of Animal Army - the abysmal follow-up to Babylon Zoo's Spaceman.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 3 Colours Red View Post

    Brett Anderson's pronunciation of the J in "marijuana".
    See* also Shaun Ryder's in Country Song.

    *Hear

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    'Febuary' in American Pie and Somebody Told Me.

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    Steve Jones, "Circumstised the skipper".

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    In 1980's chart-bothering Babooshka, Kate Bush sings 'she couldn't have made a worst move', when the correct term is clearly 'worse', ie, a comparative.

    This has always bugged me.

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    "He made his home in, that fishes ab-do-men" from it Ain't Necessarily So by Bronski Beat really jars with me

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    If we're counting presumably deliberate mispronunciations (i.e words tortured to fit the scansion), since I'm fairly sure Stevie Nicks must know how to actually say 'washes', then: "When the rain wa-SHES you clean, you know" – Fleetwood Mac, Dreams. Also faithfully reproduced by the Corrs a couple of decades later.

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    In Blue Sky Mine by Midnight Oil, Peter Garrett sings 'Who's going to shave me?' instead of 'save me'. He manages to pronounce it right when he sings it live.

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    There's a song from the last 10 years that makes a big deal of the word "mischievous."
    Only the singer sings "miss-chee-vee-ous" which annoyed the fuck out of me then and now.

    Google-fu isn't turning anything up (it wasn't Emma Bunton. It was a black female singer. I seem to remember she was sat in a car for some of the video.)

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    This is the second time I have encountered "Google-fu" today (and also the second time in my entire life). What does it mean?

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    I can't speak Spanish. When Wall Of Voodoo sing about wishing they were in Tee-hoo-ana, eating barbecued iguana, is that a mispronunciation or not?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ad hoc View Post
    This is the second time I have encountered "Google-fu" today (and also the second time in my entire life). What does it mean?
    Just the art/skill of using Google.

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    Oh. So the fu is not some initials, and not pronounced fuh, but rather it's like kung-fu?

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    Yes. Google-fu is another term for search-engine ninjitsu.
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    On my vinyl copy of Heroes, Bowie starts singing in French halfway through, with some pronunciation that even I find suspect.

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    I remember reading that Joe Strummer's Spanish in "Spanish Bombs" is very dodgy (possibly the result of mispronouncing some South American dialect).

    Slightly different (and debatable as to whether is a mispronunciation) is the almost ubiquitous use of "axe" instead of "ask" in much hip-hop...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin S View Post
    Alice has been there, she said it was fun
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    Hey Honololu, we're going to happy Ha-wye

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    The correct pronunciation of Hawaii is a whole new can of worms. The glottal stop between the two "i"s and do you pronounce the "w" as a "v"?

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    Quote Originally Posted by treibeis View Post
    I can't speak Spanish. When Wall Of Voodoo sing about wishing they were in Tee-hoo-ana, eating barbecued iguana, is that a mispronunciation or not?
    Aargh, this has inexorably reminded me of the Vengaboys' execrable (even by their standards) We're Going To Ibiza – or, as it was sung: "Whoa! We're going to Ee-beetz-ah".

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    Quote Originally Posted by hobbes View Post
    There's a song from the last 10 years that makes a big deal of the word "mischievous."
    Only the singer sings "miss-chee-vee-ous" which annoyed the fuck out of me then and now.

    Google-fu isn't turning anything up (it wasn't Emma Bunton. It was a black female singer. I seem to remember she was sat in a car for some of the video.)
    Never Forget You, by the Noisettes?

    I think there's an instance in Ebeneezer Goode too, to rhyme with devious.

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    I've never heard anyone IRL pronounce 'mountain' as anything but moun-tin or mount'n. Certainly not moun-tain like uh...plantain or uh...that's probably about it. But Duran Duran pronounce it as such in Rio ("from moun-tains in the north down to...") and that Gonna Build A Mountain song from Anthony Newly.

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