Mondegreen vs. Eggcorn

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3 comments on this post.
  1. Reva:

    So, doing the the Heimlich Remover would be an eggcorn?

  2. Reva:

    Two hillbillies are having lunch when a woman seated nearby begins to choke. Hillbilly asks her,”kin ya swallar?” The woman shakes her head no. Hillbilly asks her “kin ya breathe?” Woman shakes her head no. Hillbilly walks over,lifts up her dress, yanks down britches and licks her butt cheek. The woman has a violent spasm and spits out food. The hillbillies’ buddy says “ya know,I heerd of that there hind lick maneuver but I aint niver seed nobody do it”…..

  3. Andrew:

    I would say a defining characteristic of an eggcorn is that it has to make sense — at least some sense, in context. A Mondegreen is indeed relegated to a song or poem, but it is unencumbered by requiring sense. For example, the reverse Mondegreen song “…liddle lamzy divy” (little lambs eat ivy) makes no sense whatsoever. The overlap occurs when a Mondegreen does make as in the case of Lady Mondegreen.

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