Smiley: Marsha cups?

Charmian Kendrick addresses two of our recent seminar topics: misheard song lyrics and Southern accents:

“Our church in London had a youth club for teenagers, of which I was a member.

“We danced to 45 rpm records (I know, I am aging myself).

“There was one Elvis song which we all loved — ‘All Shook Up.’

“However, I sang, ‘A Marsha Cup.’ I often wondered what a marsha cup was!

“Now that I am older and wiser, I still chuckle every time I hear Elvis sing that song!

“Bring the clock forward a few years — I was looking for green tomatoes at a local produce market.

“The young lady just did not understand what I was asking for.

“After several attempts to tell her, I pointed to the red tomatoes and said, ‘I mean those — only green.’

“To which she replied, ‘Oh, you mean a teemater.’

“Guess the funny accents go both ways across the pond!”

The right stuff

Paul Tullier and Frank Fronczek add to our misheard lyrics collection with one from “Bad Moon Rising” by Creedence Clearwater Revival.

Paul, who gives his address as “Upper Left Coast,” says, “Many people thought John Fogerty was singing, ‘There’s a bathroom on the right.’ The actual lyrics are, ‘There’s a bad moon on the rise.’

“Well, Mr. Fogerty is still touring today, and when he plays that song, he stops, points to the right side and the crowd fills in the misheard lyrics.

“Evidently, he has a good sense of humor.”

Frank says misheard lyrics are called “mondegreens.”

The word stems from a 1954 column in Harper’s magazine by Sylvia Wright, who confessed she always heard a Scottish ballad that ends “And they laid him on the Green” as “And Lady Mondegreen.”

Oh, my Howard!

Song lyrics aren’t the only things people hear wrong:

Mike Shook, of Metairie, says, “My wife’s young cousin was often saying, ‘Why me, Howard?’ when things did not seem to go right for him.

“One day I asked him who Howard was.

“He replied, ‘Our Father who art in Heaven, Howard be thy name. …’ ”

Hero wanted

Wendy Lipsey says there’s a chance for someone to be a young girl’s hero:

Savannah Reneè Smith, a 17-year-old high school senior, was born with biliary atresia, a liver disease, and needs the lower lobe of a living donor’s liver to be able to live a normal life.

She’s taking her classes online and missed her senior prom because she was at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. If you can help, call (410) 614-2989 or (800) 706-1046. Her blood type is A positive.

Nostalgia Corner

Mike Haley, of Bogalusa, wonders about an old LSU poster he bought at a flea market.

It says at the top “Listen to Liberty Network, Saturday Nite, L.S.U. Football.”

Then in a box it says “7:30-8:00 P.M., Big T Jamboree & Football Scores. Also, Following L.S.U. Games, Coast to Coast Football Roundup, Presented by Premium Quality Falstaff Beer.”

Mike asks, “Can anyone identify ‘Liberty Network’ or ‘Big T Jamboree’? I would love to know more about this poster.”

Worthy causes

CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) benefits from KATfish and CASA, a catfish dinner by Kappa Alpha Theta at LSU from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 4. Email for ticket information.

An Active for Autism Run/Walk and Fun Fest will be held at 8 a.m. Saturday, April 5, at State Police Headquarters on Independence Boulevard, sponsored by Families Helping Families. Register at or call (225) 216-7474.

Special People Dept.

Josie Barcelona, who was 90 on Monday, March 31, was honored Saturday, March 29, at a Mass at Sacred Heart Catholic Church and a celebration at St. Joseph’s Academy, where she attended school.

Louise Prosser celebrated her 90th birthday on Monday, March 31.

Genevieve “Jennie” Cantanzaro Valenti celebrates her 90th birthday on Tuesday, April 1.

On Monday, March 31, J.F. “Johnny” and Dorothy Fussell Harold celebrated 68 years of marriage.

Thought for the Day

From B. Raymond: “I have to wonder — if turn signal controls were on cellphones, would they be used more often?”

That’s entertainment?

L.P. Miller says, “I sometimes surf into an old black and white movie — from the ’30s, ’40s and even ’50s — and am surprised to note that the characters:

“Didn’t know any four-letter words.

“Didn’t bleed when they are shot.

“Didn’t take their clothes off during love scenes.

“I can only conclude that they didn’t know the meaning of entertainment.”

(L.P. says he can only imagine what Rhett Butler would say to Scarlett O’Hara in that famous parting scene if “Gone With the Wind” was remade today.)

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