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Thread #58033   Message #917661
Posted By: GUEST,Jon Dudley
25-Mar-03 - 02:48 AM
Thread Name: 'Innocent Hare' What does 'relope' mean?
Subject: RE: 'Innocent Hare' What does 'relope' mean?
Well, John B., if I knew what a mondegreen was (couldn't find it in Chambers) I'm sure I'd agree you had a point. Taking an (un)educated guess I think you mean perpetuating a mistake (word in this case) and singing something which doesn't make sense. Hmm, there's loads of cases of that and I'll give you a 'for instance' 'Admiral Benbow ' we sing 'Come all you seamen bold, landed here, landed here'...makes sense until you think it probably started out as 'Come all you seamen bold, lend an ear, lend and ear'. Well, personally, be it a mondegreen or not, I find it charming and will carry on singing it that way. Glad to hear that Relope stays in your rendition , though!