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[mon-di-green] /ˈmɒn dɪˌgrin/
a word or phrase resulting from a mishearing of another word or phrase, especially in a song or poem.
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See also malapropism.
Origin of mondegreen
1954; coined by Sylvia Wright, U.S. writer, from the line laid him on the green, interpreted as Lady Mondegreen, in a Scottish ballad Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for mondegreen


a word or phrase that is misinterpreted as another word or phrase, usually with an amusing result
Word Origin
C20: from the Scottish ballad `The Bonny Earl of Murray', in which the line laid him on the green can be misheard as Lady Mondegreen
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