Mondegreens are the mishearing of a popular lyric or phrase in a song/poem that lead to a funny outcome. They are by far my favourite as they create so much comedy! I constantly sing the wrong lyrics to songs and don’t find out the correct lyrics until years later.
Take a look at the picture below for an example.
Do you recognise the song in the picture above? Not with those lyrics about cheese I expect. The lyrics are in fact from the song ‘Sweet Dreams’ by the Eurythmics. The real lyrics are:
‘Sweet Dreams are made of this, who am I to disagree.’
‘Sweet Dreams are made of CHEESE, who am I to DIS A BRIE.’
As you can see, they are very funny, Shall we take a look at some more funny mondegreens?
Have you noticed any slang in these mondegreens? Songs are full of slang and real English pronunciation. I’m specifically referring to contractions. Contractions are shortened words and are often pronounced differently. They are common in real speech and good to know if you want to speak like a native.
Songs are a terrific way to learn English. Click here to see a list of songs and other materials that can help you improve your English.
Check out these examples. I’d love to hear your own mondegreens If you’ve ever misheard lyrics, comment below.
Comedians use Mondegreens in their shows as they can be hilarious! Check out these funny videos.
**BEWARE, CONTAINS HILARIOUS CONTENT **