Date: Wed, 15 May 1996 17:26:56 -0400 From: "David Bergdahl (614) 593-2783" Subject: biff On my American English class's listserv, a student wrote: "As Dr. Bergdahl was talking about words that people biff, such as Pulitzer Surprise, one such word came to my mind. Actually, I almost biffed it when I was typing it in a friend's e-mail message today. The word is this morning, but for some reason, in my head, I couldn't think how to spell it because I was thinking of this smorning, which is how it sounds when you say it. As a result, I almost typed it in like that. I had to think twice before I typed it in and then realized it was this morning. I was wondering if anyone else out there has the same problem as I with certain words. Respond back if you do." I'd never met "biff" before: anyone else familiar with it? The reference is to Pinker's discussion of what we on this list have been calling Mondegreens. ______________________________________________________ David Bergdahl BERGDAHL[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]OUVAXA.CATS.OHIOU.EDU Associate Professor of English Language and Literature Ohio University / Athens fax: (614) 593-2818 ______________________________________________________