Linguistic mistakes. We all make them. And if your name is George W. Bush, you might make them more often than others. In The Ants Are My Friends (delightfully misheard from Bob Dylan's "Blowing in the Wind") Martin Toseland has collected the very best (and very worst) linguistic gifts of the gaffe.
The categories features include:
Malapropisms (named after Mrs Malaprop in Sheridan's "The Rivals" where the wrong word pops out to bizarre results).
- Eggcorns (where a new word is created from misheard real one - the name comes from someone misunderstanding 'acorn' as 'eggcorn', as it has the same shape).
- Bushisms (the humour in which cannot be misunderestimated).
- and Mondegreens or misheard lyrics, which include such classic examples as: Who Ya Gonna Call, Gus Foster ("Ghostbusters" by Ray Parker Junior).
- Last Night I Dreamed of Some Bagels ("La Isla Bonita" by Madonna); Sparing His Life For His Mum's Sausages ("Bohemian Rhapsody" by Queen).
- It's a Fruit, Fruit Samba ("Cruel Summer" by Bananarama).
- and, Mr Tangerine Man ("Mr Tambourine Man" by Bob Dylan).
Simon Hoggart, The Guardian "A very amusing book. Or, possibly, an evilly musing buck"
Number Of Pages: 156
Published: 3rd August 2009
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.9
Weight (kg): 0.159