This is not some great philosophical post. I spent yesterday cleaning and I get a little loopy when I’m on my feet and carrying things for an entire day.
Unfortunately not quite done, and need to finish this morning, so I can catch up on the work for pj (and fiction) this afternoon. Yes, my life is so exciting I clean house on my day off. Actually I don’t mind it, as it’s exercise and it allows me to listen to audio books. Not to say it won’t change in future when our sons fly solo monetarily. I’d much rather pay someone to do the cruddy work and get my exercise by going for a nice stroll with my husband. But for now, it is what it is and the time I “take off” to clean has to be paid for with extra work.
Anyway when I was really loopy yesterday I read a label on a bottle three times, because I wanted to know why the manufacturer was bragging about being able to spray angels. Then I realized it actually said “Sprays at all angles.”
When this happens with songs, it has a name, Mondegreens. It comes from mishearing “and they laid him on the green” as “And the Lady Mondegreen.”
The other famous one is for Silent Night with “Round The Young Virgin” becomes “Round John Virgin” confusing kids as to why his last name is Virgin.
My own personal best was with Five For Fighting Superman (Which makes me sputter almost as much as the despicable Imagine) “I’m only a man in a funny red sheet” became for me “I’m just a man consorting with sheep.” And until I one day was really miffed and started expounding to Dan on the inappropriateness of the stupid lyric I didn’t realize I’d misheard it.
Yes, Dan laughed. Yes, in our house that song is now known as the “consorting with sheep” song.
So, it’s Friday, I have a ton of stuff to do and I need some amusement. What is your favorite Mondegreen, either committed by you or someone else? Come on, don’t be shy. Nothing can be much worse than consorting with sheep!