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In case you have not heard, Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary has released their annual update of new words. Many words that have been part of the vocabulary of regular folks for years are finally regular enough to be included in the dictionary.

Among the new words? Texas Hold ‘Em. Welcome Texas Hold ‘Em! Of course, the current definition is about as bare bones as you can get:

poker in which each player is dealt two cards facedown and all players share five cards dealt faceup.

I was hoping the official definition would include something about the game being a game of SKILL instead of “luck,” thereby improving the chances of getting an exception for Texas Hold ’em (and other poker games) from the darn Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006 (boooooo). But alas, no such help from Webster’s Dictionary. I say – regulate on-line poker and maybe make some money off it instead of trying to pretend that thousands of Americans don’t still play. Not that I would ever play poker on-line from Hawai’i. No sirree Bob.

And finally, welcome Mondegreen!!! This term is all about misunderstood lyrics. I love it. From merriam-webster.com:

Mondegreen—a noun defined as a word or phrase that results from a mishearing of something said or sung—was first coined by author Sylvia Wright in 1954, when she wrote an article for Atlantic magazine confessing to a childhood misinterpretation of the Scottish ballad “The Bonny Earl of Moray.” When she first heard the lyric “they had slain the Earl of Moray and had laid him on the green,” she felt terribly sorry for the “poor Lady Mondegreen.”

In honor of this new word, merriam-webster online is asking people to submit their own personal favorite mondegreens. If you would like to submit, go here:


My sister has commented before on the hilarity of some of her and her hubby’s misheard song lyrics. Personally, I love “You’re the weather balloon” for Grease’s “You’re the one that I want.” I have a bunch. Probably the biggest doozy was trying to figure out what the heck the line was in Manfred Mann’s Earth Band’s song “Blinded by the Light.”

What do you hear? I always heard “wrapped up like a douche…..in the middle of the night….” not that that makes any sense, of course. That is what mondegreens are all about. Do you have a personal favorite?

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