Sunday, 3 February 2013

QR–Cure–Quizzing Realms–391

Let the somewhat-difficult-ones continue.

The Bonnie Earl O' Moray is a popular Scottish ballad, thought to have been written in the 17th century. It touches on a true story about the rivalry of James Stewart, Earl of Moray (pronounced Murray), and the Earl of Huntly, in 1592. The four most ‘famous’ lines from it are as follows:

“Ye Highlands and ye Lawlands,
Oh where have you been?
They have slain the Earl O' Moray
And layd him on the green.”

This is the first verse of the ballad. The reason it is ‘famous’ is that it gives rise to a figure of speech – a malapropism, actually – which is prevalent not only in English but several other languages.

My question is, what is this malapropism? And why is it named so?

Hint (somewhat): Brapnhu Prabhu Deva <—> Benny Lava

Happy quizzing, and have a nice life, folks!


Only one answer, and the blogging entity who calls himself/herself virtuoso is correct! The figure of speech is Mondegreen, used to denote misheard lyrics. It is derived from the last line of the verse quoted, which was often misheard as ‘And Lady Mondegreen’. As for the hint, Prabhu Deva was referred to as ‘Benny Lava’ in in all of the ‘Buffalaxed’ videos, which themselves were Mondegreens all along.


  1. Mondegreen.....Layed him on the green being misheard as "Lady Mondegreen"

  2. Malapropism is use of a wrong word in place of a correct one.. usually for humour.. Origin.. is it something in Shakespeare's plays?


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