This week I received a rather disturbing SMS from my bank. In fact, this was the second time the bank was sending this alarming message. The first time, I checked my various banking accounts and could find nothing irregular. I assumed the bank was sending this message to the wrong customer.
Blame the mishearing, blame the accent, blame the frame of reference – these give rise to mondegreens.
“According to the word watcher William Safire of The New York Times, the term mondegreen dates from a 1954 magazine article by Sylvia Wright in which she said she had misheard the folk lyric ”and laid him on the green” as ”and Lady Mondegreen,” says http://www.nytimes.com/1998/04/09/technology/sweet-slips-of-the-ear-mondegreens.html