Date: Sun, 17 Sep 1995 17:48:55 -0700 From: THOMAS CLARK Subject: Re: Mondegreens Uh, Larry, There is a BOOK of such "aural/oral-spelling" gaffes named _Pullet Surprise_ Cheers, tlc On Sat, 16 Sep 1995, Larry Horn wrote: > 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 >