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Chris -- 2015-05-30
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.”
Hatching new language, one eggcorn at a time.
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.