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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Origin of mondegreen
- After (Lady) Mondegreen a misinterpretation of the line (hae laid) him on the green from the song “The Bonny Earl of Murray”
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- Coined by Sylvia Wright in Harper's Magazine (The Death of Lady Mondegreen, Nov 1954) from a mishearing of a line in the Scottish ballad The Bonny Earl of Murray: "They have slain the Earl of Murray, / And laid him on the green" (misheard as “Lady Mondegreen").