A Ninny Rhino

Cage Dunn Writer, Author, Teller-Of-Tall-Tales alerted me to this March Madness writing challenge, where you make a commitment to write some minimum amount of words for every day in March.  The Ninny Rhino is a phrase that was misconstrued from a Mini-Wri-Mo, meaning a small writing month.  A mondegreen is a word or phrase that is misheard, but it makes sense in your head, becoming sort of like an aural malapropism.  Instead of saying the wrong word, you hear the wrong word.  The word mondegreen is generally used for misheard song lyrics, although technically it can apply to any speech.  The term mondegreen was originally coined by author Sylvia Wright, and has come to be quite widely used.  As a child, Wright heard the lyrics of The Bonny Earl of Murray (a Scottish ballad) as being:
Thou hae slay the Earl of Murray
And Lady Mondegreen
As it turns out, the word mondegreen is actually a mondegreen, because Lady Mondegreen only existed in the mind of Sylvia Wright, for the actual lyrics say, “slay the Earl of Murray and laid him on the green.”

I grabbed the real cool badge and I am committing to writing 1,000 words every day this month.  I completed Linda Hill’s JusJoJan challenge in January and I just finished Bee Halton’s Love Is In The Blog challenge for February, so this will keep me busy for a month.  I think the purpose of this challenge is to get people to write, which I am doing anyway, but as far as I know, there are no rules except for trying to reach your goal every day.  Cage said that I should put my word count for each day at the end of my posts, or do a daily update for my Ninny count at the end of the day.  I should have no problem achieving this goal and while March is on, I will start writing some of my posts for the April A-Z challenge.

(337 words counting the title)

15 thoughts on “A Ninny Rhino

  1. Interesting. I’ve never heard the term “mondegreen” for misheard or misinterpreted song lyrics. I’ve always used the term “eggcorn” for that. Anyway, good luck with Nanny Rhino. I’m sure you’ll have no problem writing 1,000 words a day.

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    1. Thanks for your words of encouragement. They are very similar with the difference between the eggcorn and the mondegreen being that an eggcorn is (linguistics) an idiosyncratic but semantically motivated substitution of a word or phrase for a word or words that sound identical, or nearly so, at least in the dialect the speaker uses while mondegreen is a form of error arising from mishearing a spoken or sung phrase. Thus an eggcorn would sound more like the misheard word than the mondegreen. I spent 7 weeks working in Scotland and most of the time I was there I had to ask everyone to repeat what they were saying to me as I had a hard time with the Scottish accent, so I can see why this word developed from a Scottish poem.

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    1. I have been having trouble with my mouse all day, which made my writing hard for me but with two posts I made my quota. This one at 337 plus my post about the song Sweet Little Lisa at 692 gave me a total of 1029 words for today.

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      1. I hear you. Once the weather improves I’ll be at mine less. Plus I’m going to get Crumpet from the shelter today, they finally cleared her, so she will take some time as well 🙂

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