Posted by: episystechpubs | February 4, 2015

Editor’s Corner: Mondegreen Contest!

Friends, JHA associates, and credit union clients, lend me your ears;

I come to bury Caesar, not to praise him.

No, wait! Shakespeare is the wrong topic. Today’s topic is mondegreens. For those of you who read the Editor’s Corner already, you know that mondegreens are misheard song lyrics. For example:

· Foreigner (Double Vision)

Original: My mind is racing’, but my body’s in the lead.

Mondegreen: My mind is bacon, but my body’s Sizzlean.

· The Ramones (I Wanna Be Sedated)

Original: I wanna be sedated
Mondegreen: I want a piece of date bread

· Midnight Oil (Blue Sky Mining)

Original: Who’s gonna save me?

Mondegreen: Who’s gonna shave me?

I have a lightly used copy of Hit Me with Your Pet Shark: Misheard Lyrics of the 1980s (by Charles Grosvenor Jr.) to give to one lucky winner.

Here are the details:

To enter the contest for the book, send your misheard song lyrics to me (kchurch) by February 18, 2015. I will pick a random winner from those of you who send in mondegreens, and I will publish your contributions in Editor’s Corner.

Entries must be:

· HR-appropriate

· Misheard song lyrics you have jumbled up (or that you’ve heard others sing incorrectly)

Entries must include:

· Artist or band name

· Song title

· Original lyrics

· Misheard lyrics

To sign up for Editor’s Corner (a daily email about grammar, punctuation, vocabulary, and other topics related to the English language), just email kchurch and I will put you on the list. To see previous topics, check out the website: https://episystechpubs.com/

Good luck!

Kara Church

Technical Editor, Advisory

619-542-6773 | Ext: 766773

www.symitar.com

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