007: Eggcorns and Mondegreens

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Insights From The Studio: Ep 007 Eggcorns & Mondegreens
007: Eggcorns and Mondegreens

In this episode of Insights From The Studio with Mike & Steve, we discuss Eggcorns and Mondegreens.

Wait… Eggcorns and what???

Eggcorns and Mondegreens… these are words that are commonly misheard and then used on a regular basis. Some examples are “For all intensive purposes” which should instead be “For all intents and purposes.” We recently discovered that Steve had been saying the Mondegreen for this his entire life, having no idea that the actual phrase was “For all intents and purposes.

Our conversation prompted us to record this episode to discuss commonly misheard words and phrases.

Here’s what Grammarist.com has to say about Eggcorns and Mondegreens:

Mondegreens are misheard versions of phrases, sayings, lyrics, poetic phrases, or slogans. The term comes from the Scottish author Sylvia Write, who wrote a 1954 article in Harper’s Magazine in which she mentioned misinterpreting a Scottish ballad. The original line, “They hae slain the Earl o’ Moray and laid him on the green,” she misheard as, “They hae slain the Earl o’ Moray and Lady Mondegreen.”

Although the term mondegreen has been used for misheard phrases not from songs and poems, eggcorn, which originated in a 2003 Language Log post, has been advanced as a broader term for misheard words or phrases that retain their original meanings. So, for example, doggy-dog world is an eggcorn because it’s used in roughly the same way as the original phrase, dog-eat-dog world.

Take a listen to the full episode to hear more!

“Understand what you’re saying and why you’re saying it.”

Steve Wilmes

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