All her life, writer Sylvia Wright had known a sad Scottish ballad that included the line:
- They have slain the Earl Amurray, and Lady Mondegreen.
Imagine her surprise when she discovered the real words were:
- They have slain the Earl of Moray, and laid him on the green.
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Her fascination led her to coin the term ‘mondegreen’ for this kind of funny mis-hearings (though actually most mondegreens are far funnier than this one!).