ADVANCED - READING

As you read the story, think about the answers to these questions.
1. Do language learners make more mistakes with Oronyms?
2. What does 'take a nice cold shower' sound like?

Oronyms
"He thought Grey Day Tours was a bad name for a travel company."

Oronyms are a fun part of English. They are mistakes we make when we are listening and we misunderstand. It happens to native speakers as well as people who are learning English.

One man kept hearing a radio advertisment for a travel company. He thought Grey Day Tours was a bad name for a travel company. When he saw it written, he realised it was Grade A Tours which is of course a much better name!

Look at these examples:
The stuff he knows can lead to problems.
The stuffy nose can lead to problems.

Some others I've seen ...
Some mothers I've seen ...

I have no notions ...
I have known oceans ...

I'm taking a nice cold shower ...
I'm taking an ice cold shower ...

Look at these misunderstood song lyrics.
Hopelessly Devoted to You - from the movie, Grease
Hopelessly devoted to you ...
Hope the city voted for you ...

Bad Moon Rising - Credence Clearwater Revival
There's a bad moon on the rise.
There's a bathroom on the right.

So if you misunderstand something, don't worry too much. Native speakers do it too!