Date: Sat, 16 Sep 1995 00:29:04 -0700
From: Rima & Kim McKinzey rkm[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]SLIP.NET
Subject: Re: Mondegreens
"pullet surprise" is what many of us call Mondegreens, those mishearings
we've all had at one time or another. This one is a mishearing of
The term Mondegreen is from the old English ballad "The Earl of Murray."
The line in question goes something like "and they killed the Earl of
Murray and laid him on the green" which was heard as the killing of two
people, the poor Earl of Murray and Lady Mondegreen.
They include "Gladly, the cross-eyed bear," "Lead us not into Penn
Station" etc. I remember as a kid hearing what I thought was Notor
Republic. I knew what a republic was, but had never heard of one that was
Notor. And my grandmother used to say someone looked "Pale as a goat."