Download Mondegreens: A Book of Mishearings

Mondegreens: A Book of Mishearings

Readers may not be familiar with the expression, but they will certainly have suffered from mondegreens more often than they realize. The word was coined in 1954 by a writer who, as a girl, misheard the line from an old ballad, “laid him on the green,” as “Lady Mondegreen.” Most people have heard of the famous mondegreen, “send three-and-fourpence,we’re going to a dance,”
Readers  may not be familiar with the expression, but they will certainly have suffered from mondegreens more often than they realize. The word was coined in 1954 by a writer who, as a girl, misheard the line from an old ballad, “laid him on the green,” as “Lady Mondegreen.” Most people have heard of the famous mondegreen, “send three-and-fourpence,we’re going to a dance,” the surprise request of a troop of soldiers who actually said, “send reinforcements, we’re going to advance.” The most common causes of confusion are song lyrics, as puzzled listeners struggle to work out why The Beatles were singing “The girl with colitis goes by,” (The girl with kaleidoscope eyes), but mondegreens are not only found in songs and poetry, but also in everyday life. For example, the lady who rang the hospital asking for Sir Michael Spears, when, in fact, she was actually enquiring about cervical smears. This sidesplittingly funny collection of wonderful and absurd mishearings is put together in an elegant package that is certain to appeal to English-language aficionados everywhere.


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