Orynyms! What’s an Orynym? For years I have had Tinnitus and it has been particularly bad in my left ear.
The Hiss of a Leaky Gas Pipe
I consider myself fortunate as it’s never bothered me as it does with a lot of folks. Usually, when it’s quiet I will have what can best be described as a ‘leaking gas pipe’ sound in my head. What I have noticed though, as I get older, is my misunderstanding of words which on occasion can be very funny for those around me.
Pick of the Pops
This brings me on to last Saturday as the wife and I sat listening to Pick of the Pops on Radio 2 from the B.B.C. For those who don’t know, Paul Gambichini plays hit songs from the past decades, usually corresponding to the date of the day. So Saturday, the 2nd of April and he will play the top 100 as it was in maybe 1965 and then as it stood in 1999. You get the idea.
After playing David Bowie’s ‘Sound and Vision’, Paul Gambichini said that a little unknown fact was Mary Poppins had sung backing vocals on the record! My immediate thought was that Mary Poppins wasn’t a real person, so how could she possibly sing? I turned to my wife and said to her that I think it might have been a late April Fools joke by Mr. Gambachini by telling everyone about Mary Poppins. She looked at me with that ‘you stupid, stupid man’ look. With a raised voice, she said, ‘MARY HOPKIN you fool, not Mary Poppins!!’
Pie and What?
Only the very next day did I have another moment of mishearing, this time over what we were having for dinner. After questioning my dear wife what would be on the menu Sunday evening, she replied Cheese and Potato Pie and Gammon, to which I heard, Cheese and Potato Pie with Jam in, which you have to admit is a strange concoction. On my questioning of such a dish, I was soon reprimanded that once again I’m a fool. Well, I think that’s what she said.
We always have a late dinner on a Sunday and I must have been getting peckish around 4:00 pm. I gingerly asked what time dinner would be when the answer I heard was ‘quarter to one’. I pointed out that it was already 4:00 pm when the raised voice boomed back, ‘I SAID IT’S ALL ON!’ That’s me told then. Now, whoever said the singer of Queen was Eddie Murphy, they’ve got that all wrong!
If you’d like to know more about Tinnitus, here’s a recommended website.