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