from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun 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.
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- noun A form of
errorarising from mishearing a spokenor sung phrase
- noun rare A
misunderstandingof a written or spoken phrase as a result of multipledefinitions.
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
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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 a 'mondegreen', from The Bonnie Earl O' Murray:
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."
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.
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"):
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.
It's the '76 Manfred Mann's Earth Band cover that's responsible for the signature mondegreen on this one.