Which is correct? Backyard, back yard, or back-yard?
I wrote about mondegreens before. This is more a parody than a mondegreen, of course, but I found it hilarious and ingenious. To get it, you must be familiar with the Eurythmics song “Sweet Dreams.”
I posted recently about mondegreens — the mishearing or misunderstanding of song lyrics or poetry. Today I’d like to talk about a similar, and similarly entertaining, linguistic error. It’s called an eggcorn, a term coined by linguist Geoffrey Pullum and Mark Lieberman in 2003.