mondegreen

mondegreen

[mon-di-green]
noun
a word or phrase resulting from a misinterpretation of a word or phrase that has been heard.
Compare eggcorn.
See also malapropism.


Origin:
1954; coined by Sylvia Wright, U.S. writer, from the line laid him on the green, interpreted as Lady Mondegreen, in a Scottish ballad

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mondegreen (ˈmɒndɪˌɡriːn)
 
n
a word or phrase that is misinterpreted as another word or phrase, usually with an amusing result
 
[C20: from the Scottish ballad `The Bonny Earl of Murray', in which the line laid him on the green can be misheard as Lady Mondegreen]

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