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A mondegreen “is the mishearing of a

posted by Jason Kottke   Jun 11, 2003

A mondegreen “is the mishearing of a phrase, such that it acquires a new meaning”.

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pthreeJun 11, 2003 at 4:13PM

the origin of my domain name. previously ive referred to it as a homonym, but since it was an accidental discovery its nice to know the appropriate word.

Martin TempletJan 28, 2004 at 7:32PM

REM’s song “Losing My Religion”

The correct lyrics:
“Life is bigger, bigger than you and you are not me …”

I always heard:
“Life is bigger, bigger than you and you are knock-kneed”

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