O, Mondegreen! O, Mondegreen! How I Have Misunderstood Thee!

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(That title really works better if you sing it to the tune of O, Tannenbaum. Go ahead, try it. You’ll like it.)

“Mondegreens” are song lyrics you’ve misunderstood. There’s a great list of them here, along with an explanation of where the term comes from. (You’re not surprised that it comes from what someone thought [wrongly] were song lyrics, are you?)

I didn’t peruse the whole list to see if my personal favorite is on there, but I bet it is. Remember that song by Go West called Wishful Thinking? I always thought the chorus was “I’ll get over you, I know I will. I’ll pretend my shit’s not stinking,” rather than “I’ll pretend my ship’s not sinking.” You have any mondegreens you want to share? Comment, please.

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