LINGUISTICS & CULTURE
|Data:||21/SET/2012 1:27 PM|
Sid, the background noise killed it for me. I may have made out some words, but I'm not betting my life savings on it.
It's NOT unusual for native speakers not to understand every word in a conversation. Under pressure, people mispronounce, slur their words, etc. My hearing is not as good as it once was. So, even hearing comes into the equation. There are many stories and jokes about misunderstood lyrics. I don't remember the title, but Credence Clearwater has a song in which people swear they hear "There's a bathroom on the right." Actually, the lyrics are "There's a bad moon on the rise." I love Anita Baker (I call her the American Joana), but to my surprise I discovered I was misunderstanding many of her lyrics. I thought, for example, she was singing "Lonely nights have opened my eyes" but actually she was singing "Loneliness has opened my eyes." And I could go on and on.
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