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Mondegreens

a misunderstood or misinterpreted word or phrase resulting from mishearing the lyrics of a song.

Origin

From the first stanza of the seventeenth-century ballad “The Bonnie Earl o’ Moray”

They hae slain the Earl o’ Moray / And laid him on the green.

which was misheard as:

They hae slain the Earl Amurray / And Lady Mondegreen.

Examples

  • “Excuse me while I kiss this guy…” - Hendrix, Purple Haze
  • “There’s a bathroom on the right” - CCR, Bad Moon Rising