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mondegreen

[ mon-di-green ]
/ ˈmɒn dɪˌgrin /
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noun

a word or phrase resulting from a mishearing of another word or phrase, especially in a song or poem.

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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
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British Dictionary definitions for mondegreen

mondegreen
/ (ˈmɒndɪˌɡriːn) /

noun

a word or phrase that is misinterpreted as another word or phrase, usually with an amusing result
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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