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Sunday, April 19, 2009

Your Love Is Like Bad Venison

The musical misunderstandings called mondegreens

The term mondegreen, appropriately enough, has its origin in a mondegreen itself. Author Sylvia Wright coined the term in Harper’s in 1954, after explaining that she thought the lyric “laid him on the green” was “Lady Mondegreen,” in the ballad “The Bonny Earl of Murray.” Wright said, “The point about what I shall hereafter call mondegreens, since no one else has thought up a word for them, is that they are better than the original.” Read More

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