Back Yard, Backyard, or Back-Yard?
Which is correct? Backyard, back yard, or back-yard?Read More
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.”Read More
Eggcorns and Other Eggcorns
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.Read More
Mondegreens: Misheard Lyrics
I’ve written before about the curious fact that there are a number of linguistic terms for things I recognize but never knew had a name. Mondegreen is one of those terms.Read More