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Posted on September 17, 2014 at 8:24 am

By Andy Duffy I wonder if English teachers ever use any class time to teach about mondegreens.  They should, if only because mondegreens can be pretty funny. A mondegreen is a faulty interpretation of words or word segments that sound like or very similar to other words. Sylvia Wright coined the word mondegreen in a Harper’s magazine article back in 1954. She called the article, “The Death of Lady Mondegreen.”

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    Posted on September 3, 2014 at 8:30 am

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    Posted on August 13, 2014 at 7:16 am

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