One of the neat things about having this blog is the interesting commenters and their bursts of creativity, shown especially in our previous contests. It’s been a long time since our last one so here is the
Obama Conspiracy Theories birther mondegreen contest
A mondegreen is the mishearing or misinterpretation of a phrase as a result of near-homophony, in a way that gives it a new meaning. The term was coined by American writer Sylvia Wright in a 1954 essay in Harpers Magazine, recounting her misunderstanding of a poem when she was a child, hearing:
Ye Highlands and ye Lowlands,
Oh, where hae ye been?
They hae slain the Earl o’ Moray,
And Lady Mondegreen.
The actual last line was “And laid him on the green.”
Contestant’s may leave a birther-themed mondegreen in comments and receive the adulation of their peers.
Thanks to Keith for the suggestion.