Most examples of Mondegreens https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mondegreen are from songs (people who think the words are “Gladly, the cross-eyed bear” not “Gladly, the cross I’d bear”). Anyone have good examples of times you’ve misheard something not in a song?
When I was much younger, references to “Montgomery Ward” always sounded liked “Mockery Reward” and I thought that “Ann Jillian” was an actress who had only a first name (like Vera-Ellen or Rose Marie) - “Angelian” (like an angel?).
How about a visual mondegreen? You know how on the back of the penny it shows the Lincoln Memorial? And if you look really really closely, you can see the terrifying floating octopus inside the building?
My older sister explained to me that it was a statue of the seated Lincoln, but I didn’t believe her.
I was older than I should have been when I learned there was an image of Lincoln on the back - I didn’t even find it myself, I think someone here told me- but now I see the octopus! As a kid you must have thought that was so freakin’ weird.
That reminds me of this one from a Newsweek reporter in this article In Quicken They Trust who quotes a fan of “Quicken” as saying “I’m hot-keen all over that program” - I quite sure that she said “I’m* hot-keying* all over that program”
In Stephen Levy’s book “Hackers” he quotes a hacker as describing a programming challenge as being “the pawn’s ass” - but I’m reasonably sure that what was said was “the Pons Asinorum” Pons asinorum - Wikipedia
One of my college roommates was visited by his parents for the weekend. They took him out to a nicer restaurant for dinner, and they then proceeded to embarrass him when they ordered “a giraffe of wine.”
When I was in high school in 1985 a girl and I were talking about our favorite heavy metal bands. She said, “I really like the chick in Warlock.” I replied, “The Chicken Warlock? Never heard of them.” (She was referring to Doro, apparently.)