Date: Sat, 16 Sep 1995 23:16:46 EDT From: Larry Horn Subject: Re: Mondegreens Rima McKinzey writes: >"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 >Pullitzer Prize. Right, as in the possibly apocryphal student examinee who wrote that so-and-so won a pullet surprise. I've adopted this term for this particular variety of folk-etymological reanalysis (e.g. four-stair furnace, spitting image) since coming across it in Fromkin & Rodman, who cite an eponymous compilation. I don't know if there's a term for the orthographic variety (e.g. shoe-in). Larry