Date: Fri, 11 Oct 1996 09:01:06 -0700
From: Peter McGraw pmcgraw[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]CALVIN.LINFIELD.EDU
Subject: Re: Mary, full of grapes
Kat Rose's message reminds me of a book I had as a kid. Titled
"Sillynyms," it was a whole book of what I now realize are Mondegreens -
that is, if you count facetious ones (like "Mairzy doats and dozy doats")
as genuine, as some contributors to this discussion seem to. I can't
remember the author, and the book seems to be long gone. Examples include
a "quote" from a poem (by Hawthorne?):
"....comes a pause in the day's occupations
That is known as the chilled wren's hour."
Others probably don't qualify as mondegreens, since they were too
far-fetched and nonsensical to have any plausibility as genuine
"She'll be common ground amounting winshield comes."
Some were furnished with elaborate explanations. With others, such as
the latter, none was even attempted.