Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
A misunderstood or misinterpreted word or phrase resulting from a mishearing of the lyrics of a song.
- ‘Of course, you want to make sure that you don't become the victim of a mondegreen: that's a misheard lyric to you and me.’
- ‘It's not a mondegreen because the mis-construal is not part of a song or poem or similar performance.’
- ‘So I listened to it several times, wondering if my perception of it might be a mondegreen.’
1950s: from Lady Mondegreen, a misinterpretation of the phrase laid him on the green, from the traditional ballad ‘The Bonny Earl of Murray’.
We take a look at several popular, though confusing, punctuation marks.
From Afghanistan to Zimbabwe, discover surprising and intriguing language facts from around the globe.
The definitions of ‘buddy’ and ‘bro’ in the OED have recently been revised. We explore their history and increase in popularity.