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What is a Mondegreen?

December 17th, 2008 · 1 Comment · Humor

A mondegreen is the mishearing or misinterpretation of a phrase or song lyric, a word coined by the writer Sylvia Wright in the November, 1954, issue of Harper’s magazine. As a child, Sylvia heard the 17th Century Scottish ballad “The Bonny Earl O’Murray” and believed that one stanza went like this: Ye Highlands and Ye […]

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