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#209730 - 02/22/13 10:14 PM Re: mondegreen [Re: Kbaum]
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Originally Posted By: Kbaum
My favorite modegreen was "there's a bathroom on the right" in the Credence Clearwater Revival song, "Bad Moon Rising." The correct wording that I finally understood was "There's a bad moon on the rise."


It might just be an urban legend but I've been led to believe that CCR would sometimes sing "there's a bathroom on the right" when they did this song in concerts.

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#209748 - 02/24/13 12:16 AM Re: mondegreen [Re: bertzpoet]
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My sister confessed to me that once when down in the dumps after breaking up with her boyfriend and finding herself emotionally overeating, she understood Patsy Cline's song as 'I call for pizzas' rather than 'I fall to pieces.'

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#209752 - 02/24/13 12:01 PM Re: mondegreen [Re: ArnoldSilva]
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I eat pizza when feeling "low", I can empathize.
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#209787 - 02/25/13 03:24 PM Re: mondegreen [Re: Drella]
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My mother was the secretary at a catholic elementary school. She was a fervent William Safire reader. "Lead on, Oh Kinky Turtle" became a special greeting between her and one of the school's English teachers.

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#209788 - 02/25/13 05:24 PM Re: mondegreen [Re: bertzpoet]
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As for trans-language mondegreens, one that is probably familiar to all students of French is haricots, 'beans,' which of course we called "haircuts"!
I studied Vietnamese in Army Language School and recall some of the ones which gave us a chuckle. (diacritical marks have been omitted)
hot toc 'haircut' became "hot dog";
tho moc 'carpenter' became "tomahawk";
chien xa 'Army tank' became "chain saw"

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#209850 - 02/28/13 02:49 PM Re: mondegreen [Re: bertzpoet]
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For many years, I heard "like a tree in motion", until I realised that it was actually "poetry" - and this was well before i had read 'Lord of the Rings!'
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#209964 - 03/11/13 09:10 AM Re: mondegreen [Re: bertzpoet]
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My (then) teenage son commented to me regarding potential college attendance that the well known school in Salt Lake City couldn't be that great an institution if they named it "Bring 'Em Young."

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#209969 - 03/11/13 11:20 AM Re: mondegreen [Re: BoomerBurt]
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Originally Posted By: BoomerBurt
My (then) teenage son commented to me regarding potential college attendance that the well known school in Salt Lake City couldn't be that great an institution if they named it "Bring 'Em Young."



That's a good one! Welcome
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