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Hi All. I hope that you all had a great holiday weekend. I just read an article on the Internet news that goes right along with this topic. The new Merriam-Webster Dictionary has added over 100 new words. One of these words is mondegreen.
Mondegreen - describes words mistaken for other words. A mondegreen most often comes from misunderstood lyrics or phrases. It comes from an old Scottish Ballad (they didn't give the title), in which the lyric "laid him on the green" has been confused over time with "Lady Mondegreen".
So class, the new word for the day is 'Mondegreen' It's so new my spell check 'thingy' doesn't recognise it yet.
Thought that this was interesting and thought that I would share.
Take Care, Kathy
It is from the first verse of "The Bonny Earl of Murray" that the term mondegreen, meaning misheard lyric, came into popular use.
- Ye Highlands, and ye Lawlands
- Oh where have you been?
- They have slain the Earl of Murray,
- And layd him on the green. (misheard as "and Lady Mondegreen")