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The World Line of the Horizon Star

Some would say I was a lost man in a lost world

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Montecristo Captain Quixote

Quippy and Quotey Redux

A Mondegreen is a term coined by Sylvia Wright. It describes the phenomenon of people mis-hearing lyrics to songs and getting the words wrong, often with very humorous results.
"Mondegreens can be found in every area of the spoken word, from the record-buyer who asks for a copy the Queen single "Bohemian Rap City" to the schoolchild who is convinced that the Pledge of Allegiance begins "I led the pigeons to the flag." They tend to be about primal concerns: food, sex, animals. Any misheard lyric is an impromptu audio Rorshach test. It can be alarming to discover that significant parts of our brains want pop songs to cover the lyrical topics of cheese, walruses, and clowns. Songwriters take note: There is a large, untapped market for songs about food."
-- Gavin Edwards, "Mondegreens: A Short Guide"

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Don't go out tonight...
It's bound to take your life...
There's a bathroom on the right!

I sense a namethattune theme coming on...

My bard-like character in curtana's game was named "Mondagrean". 8^)

One of my favourites is from "The Maple Leaf Forever", an old (and now terribly politically incorrect) patriotic song in which Wolfe is described as a "dongless hero".

A bard named Mondagrean? Now that's funny! That's almost as hilarious as my college roommate's barbarian named Jarkoffen Dushahbeg!

Jon Carroll, a columnist for the SF Chronicle, writes (among other almost invariably brilliant columns) one column every year devoted to description and examples of mondegreens. (Every other year he explains where the word came from.) If you're interested, the archives are on sfchronicle.com.

I've seen that column! Thanks for the FYI. I'll have to look it up again.

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