Date: Sat, 7 Oct 1995 00:36:06 -0700 From: Rima & Kim McKinzey Subject: Re: Mondegreens,Malaprops,Sam Goldwyn, Casey Stengel & Yogi Berra >How do we differentiate or define among the following: > >Mondegreens 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 Mondegreen. > > >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." >