Do you know what a Mondegreen is?
It’s the mishearing of a phrase to give it a new meaning. They are common in songs, where the lyric isn’t heard correctly. My favourite example is:
Our land abounds in nature’s gifts” heard as “Our land abounds in nature strips”.
The phenomenon of the Mondegreen has been exploited my many generations of choristers, who have sung “Most highly flavoured gravy” in a well known Christmas carol. (which should be Most highly favoured Lady“. This probably started as a Mondegreen
I understand that the term was first used by the American writer Sylvia Wright, who misheard this poem:
Ye Highlands and ye Lowlands,
Oh, where hae ye been?
They hae slain the Earl o’ Moray,
And laid him on the green” which she thought was “And Lady Mondegreen”.
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