Coined by American author and editor Sylvia Wright in 1954 in Harper's Magazine from a mishearing of a line in the Scottish ballad The Bonnie Earl O' Moray: “They have slain the Earl O' Moray, / And laid him on the green” (misheard as “Lady Mondegreen”).
mondegreen (plural mondegreens)
- A form of error arising from mishearing a spoken or sung phrase. [from 1954]
- Synonym: mishearing
- 2012, Gary Rosen, Unfair to Genius: The Strange and Litigious Career of Ira B. Arnstein, Oxford University Press (→ISBN)
- The title lyric, the only part of the original Yiddish preserved by Cahn, was a mondegreen waiting to happen—“My Mere Bits of Shame” and “My Beer, Mr. Shane” were among the earliest recorded mishearings—but the language barrier didn't […]
- (rare) A misunderstanding of a written or spoken phrase as a result of multiple definitions.