Did you perchance mean nondegree?
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A series of words that result from the mishearing or misinterpretation of a statement or song lyric. For example, I led the pigeons to the flag for I pledge allegiance to the flag.
- Coined by Sylvia Wright in Harper’s Magazine (The Death of Lady Mondegreen, Nov 1954) from a mishearing of a line in the Scottish ballad The Bonny Earl of Murray: "They hae slay the Earl of Murray, / And laid him on the green" (misheard as “Lady Mondegreen”). (Wiktionary)
- After (Lady) Mondegreen, a misinterpretation of the line (hae laid) him on the green, from the song "The Bonny Earl of Murray”. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“I'm so glad to have the term mondegreen now; it will surely vie with "earworm" for usefulness.”
“It involves a quirky novel written by MANDY GREEN (yep, a mondegreen of "mondegreen") whose story centers on a mondegreen ( "Gesundheit Whistle" misheard as GAZOON HIGH TWIZZLE).”
“It's called "mondegreen," and it means "the mishearing or misinterpretation of a phrase, typically a standardized phrase, such as a line in a poem or a lyric in a song.”
“It's a 'mondegreen', from The Bonnie Earl O' Murray:”
“One thing led to another, and now I’m the administrator of a flaky effort called Mandy Green Project, largely aimed at helping make "mondegreen" a household word.”
“Not a mondegreen, but it's also advisable not to forget yr mum's in the car with you and start singing along to Rocks by Primal Scream.”
“It's either that or Tony Danza is a common mondegreen.”
“They'll particularly like the page "What is a mondegreen?", with a killer video full of 'em.”
“I'm a native of Vermont, and this is my favorite mondegreen (from the Beach Boys '"Kokomo"):”
“It's the '76 Manfred Mann's Earth Band cover that's responsible for the signature mondegreen on this one.”
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This used to be my nym list, but there are so many words about words, I think it's time to expand and open.
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