Date: Sat, 7 Oct 1995 00:36:06 -0700
From: Rima & Kim McKinzey rkm[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]SLIP.NET
Subject: Re: Mondegreens,Malaprops,Sam Goldwyn, Casey Stengel & Yogi Berra
How do we differentiate or define among the following:
Mishearings, usually of song lyrics or other public utterance. Thus the
name: from the ballad of the Earl of Murray who was killed. "and they
slew the Earl of Murray and laid him on the green" misheard as two
unfortunately murdered gentles - both the hapless Earl of Murray and Lady
Malaprops or Malapropisms (based on Mrs. Malaprop) in a play I
believe by Sheridan, but correct me if wrong.
Using the wrong word. My old neighbor, for instance, would say things like
"indiscreet lighting" and "revolting doors."
Goldwynisms based on quotes from movie producer Sam Goldwyn, the grand
master of the Malaprop without even trying:
e.g. "An oral contract isn't worth the paper it's printed on."
Mix and match expressions. A client of my father's used to say "No matter
how you twist and turn, it all comes out in the wash."