Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Top 10 misheard Christmas song lyrics
Did you know there was a reindeer named Olive? Oh wait...
So, you're wisely (we hope) staying in today, drinking hot cider and listening to holiday carols. You might be singing them, wrong, though, according to a survey recently released by Keith McMillen Instruments in Berkeley, Calif. It listed the Top 10 misheard holiday classics, but didn't tell us HOW they were misheard. We did some research on that, and here's what we found. Enjoy and you're welcome.
10. "Joy to the World" (misheard by 11 percent of survey respondents). "And makes the nations prudes." Well, maybe Russia.
9. "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus" (11 percent). Mommy did not "tickle" Santa Claus, unless she did it while also kissing him.
8. "Silent Night" (11 percent). "Round John virgin"? Let's not make assumptions about John, OK?
7. "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" (11 percent). "Adolph the other reindeer" or "Olive the other reindeer"? (The second wrong lyric is so common it was turned into a children's book by J.otto Seibold and Vivian Walsh).
6. "Jingle Bells" (11 percent). "Bells on cocktails ring." I kind of like that better, actually …
5. "Frosty the Snowman" (12 percent). "With a corncob pipe and a butt and nose." Well, technically, that's true.
4. "All I Want for Christmas" (14 percent). "Take back the Harley and mistletoe." NO! NOT THE HARLEY!
3. "Deck the Halls" (14 percent). "Deck the halls with bras of holly." The new Victoria's Secret motto.
2. "Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer" (15 percent). She was "walking from the outhouse Christmas Eve." Grandma lives in the back woods, obviously.
1. And the No. 1 misheard holiday song ... "The Twelve Days of Christmas" (23 percent). Mostly, people just mix up the numbers and their corresponding items. But originally it was "colly birds" (blackbirds) rather than "calling birds," which became the standard lyric in the early 20th century.