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Chris -- 2011-03-08
I recall a conversation from the mid-1980s in which one person said he was so annoyed at a homework assignment that he set fire to his pencil, and a second person responded with how that was an interesting way to “venture frustration”. I thought that was such a colorful use of language that it has stuck with me all these year … and it wasn’t until just today that I realized that he must actually have said “vent your” rather than “venture.” A Mondegreen perhaps.
Last edited by jorkel (2011-01-01 12:16:21)
Here it is as a mondegreen:
: “I’m unclean, a libertine. And everytime you venture spleen I seem to lose the power of speech, you’re slipping slowly from my reach, you grow me like an evergreen you’ve never seen the lonely me at all. ”
Apparently these are the misinterpreted lyrics of the song “Without You I’m Nothing” by Placebo.
“Venture << vent your” seems like it might be an eggcorn for some folks. Hard to find on the web, though. I think this is one example:
: “Do not curse, yell, smack or otherwise venture anger or your camera.”
Nice find with “venture anger.” There are probably others lurking out there if the right companion word for venture can be found.
...and speaking of Mondegreens involving venture… I was a bit disappointed when I learned that the song by America was “Ventura Highway” and not the more generic notion “Venture a Highway.” I don’t know if this was intended by the musicians… it sometimes has me wondering.
How I love these phrases which float up to the surface after 25 or 50 years, to be considered with new eyes – aha. The eggcorn forum allows you to get your semantic house in order. I too have the decades-long digestive cycle. Ah! I’ve coddled an eggcorn for all these years.
Here’s another take, waiting for someone else’s aha moment. Or hinting at organ traffic.