Date: Fri, 6 Oct 1995 20:47:28 -0400 From: Seth Sklarey Subject: Re: Mondegreens,Malaprops,Sam Goldwyn, Casey Stengel & Yogi Berra >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. How do we differentiate or define among the following: Mondegreens Pullet Surprise Malaprops or Malapropisms (based on Mrs. Malaprop) in a play I believe by Sheridan, but correct me if wrong. 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." Casey Stengelisms (I wish I could think of some, they were great.) Yogi Berra (protege of Casey Stengel): "The future ain't what it used to be." Norman Crosbyisms (based on mis-hearings). Seth Sklarey Wittgenstein School of the Unwritten Word Coconut Grove, FL P.S. Don't forget the Stars Bangled Banner: "Jose can you see?" P.P.S. Politically incorrect joke circulated here about 2 years ago: Heard about the hispanic fireman whose wife had twins boys? He named them Jose and Hose B.