I seriously have NEVER heard this word before - and I am a card carrying member of the word nerd club. How does this happen? I'll tell you how - it is a dumb word. Okay, that's oversimplifying the point... the point is that Mondegreen IS a Mondegreen (as a child Sylvia Wright misheard the line "and laid him on the green" and "and Lady Mondegreen")
What does it mean you ask??? It describes exactly what happened to young Sylvia Wright - those times when you're singing along to Creedence Clearwater Revival radio and YOU say "There's a Bathroom on the Right" when quite clearly the lyrics are actually "There's a Bad Moon on the Rise". You know what though - I like the mistaken lyrics better sometimes... they certainly keep it interesting!
If you would love a good laugh - or 17 good laughs - run over to www.amiright.com and check out some of their misheard lyrics.
So, now the REAL story - the explanation of WHY on EARTH such a word would come to my attention 38 years into my existence!!! Now, I am going to use a little bit of an excuse here because after some extensive research (okay... wikipedia) I found out that Webster himself didn't even know the word until 2008 - so I'm technically just 2 years behind the times... we certainly won't mention that the word was coined back in the fifties, because THAT has no bearing on this story and doesn't make me look brilliant at all.
So... My eldest son - who is a genius in ALL ways at ALL times - and whom I would never laugh at - gave me a little blog fodder the other day as we were listening to a Disney CD...
The song was from Beauty and the Beast - the one where they're all singing about how peculiar Belle is as she walks through town reading a book... I find it a little peculiar that she didn't belt someone for talking about her so rudely - but that's just me!
The words? ... "Bonjour"
"How is Your Wife?"
"I need Six Eggs"
"That's Too Expensive"...
Only the T-boy misheard it just a TAD - because he sang out loud in his beautiful Bass Voice... "My maid, she's Dead - that's too expensive"
(me being a SUPER mom and not laughing too loudly)
and when I corrected him by saying "I need six eggs" - he had gotten all the way to the refrigerator before realizing what I meant
(okay - now I'm laughing... long and hard... unable to breathe...) It's a good thing he's not only a genius but a VERY good sport :)
So... now that you feel educated and edified... tell me the worst (best?) Mondegreen you've ever heard (misheard?) - because we ALL know we've done it, right???
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