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The title of this post is a mondegreen, a snippet of spoken language (in this case a song lyric) that has been misheard. Ever had this happen to you? Sylvia Wright did. Throughout her childhood, her mother often recited “The Bonnie Earl O’ Murray,” a poem from the 17th century. Wright always heard the first stanza as:

Ye Highlands and ye Lowlands,
Oh, where hae ye been?
They hae slain the Earl Amurray,
And Lady Mondegreen.

The actual fourth line is “And laid him on the green.” Wright did not realize for years that there actually was no death of Lady Mondegreen. In 1954, she invented the term mondegreen to describe this type of mishearing, naming it after her fictional heroine.

Here are some other mondegreens. See if you can recognize what the line should actually be.

Olive, the other reindeer used to laugh and call him names

Baking carrot biscuits

Sleep in heavenly peas

Jose, can you sing?

The ants are my friends, they’re blowing in the wind

Looking for more? Family Circus cartoons are a treasure trove of mondegreens (and other examples of language running wild). See some examples below.

mondegreen_2 mondegreen

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Yes, schools have already started and homework is getting on us.  Do you know there is free online homework help right at your fingertips?  If you have an Alameda County Library card, you can get connected with a live tutor anyday between 1:00 pm and 10:00 pm, or you can submit your questions 24/7 and get your answers back within 24 hours.  The live tutors can also help you build Academic skills.  They provide assistance for most of the major subjects you may have in school–Math, English, Writing, Science, Social Studies, Algebra, Calculus, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, History, foreign languages, etc. 

In addition to these services, you may also submit your writing to get advices from an expert.  There is also a Test Center where you can take practice tests and receive live test tutoring.  If you are taking a foreign language, you can get homework help from the Foreign Language Lab.  Right now only Spanish is offered but more will be added in the future. 

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How do I access Alameda County Library’s Homework Help Now?

  • Go to the library’s website at http://www.aclibrary.org
  • Look at the left side of the screen and click on the blue “Homework Help Now!” box.  (If the box is not there, go to the “Articles and Databases” under “Research Guide” in the main area of the webpage.  Click on either “For Students & Teachers” or “Test Preparation” and find “Brainfuse”.)
  • Enter your library card number to access the service.  It’s recommanded to create an account with the service to maintain your records and track your progress.

Wish you a very successful school year!

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