Date: Fri, 6 Oct 1995 10:09:22 EDT

From: Undetermined origin c/o LISTSERV maintainer


Subject: Re: Mondegreens -Reply

This is more of a tangent. Most of these things turn a name or

unusual word (like "Pulitzer," "Alzheimer's," "varicose," or

"cirrhosis" into a more familiar word), but the canonical example

takes ordinary English--laid him on the green--and invents a

name--Lady Mondegreen. Which leads me to wonder how widespread

"green" is for a public area at the center of town, possibly with

a building or two (such as a church or town hall). I know that

New Haven, Connecticut has a town green (with _three_ churches

on it, and university and government buildings around the edges,

as well as bars, banks, delis and the like), and that in much

of Massachusetts this area is called the Common.

Vicki Rosenzweig

vr%acmcr.uucp[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]

New York, NY