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kind of a mondegreen

October 22, 2015

The term Mondegreen is usually applied to song lyrics, but here is a delicious one which applies to a famous quotation. It was sent to me by my good friend David Alterman, who found it on the website Ask Reddit, where, in response to the question “What word or phrase did you totally misunderstand as a child?”, someone claiming to be called Lard Baron gave the following answer:

 

When I was young my father said to me:

“Knowledge is Power….Francis Bacon”

I understood it as “Knowledge is power, France is Bacon”.

For more than a decade I wondered over the meaning of the second part and what was the surreal linkage between the two? If I said the quote to someone, “Knowledge is power, France is Bacon” they nodded knowingly. Or someone might say, “Knowledge is power” and I’d finish the quote “France is Bacon” and they wouldn’t look at me like I’d said something very odd but thoughtfully agree. I did ask a teacher what did “Knowledge is power, France is bacon” mean and got a full 10 minute explanation of the Knowledge is power bit but nothing on “France is bacon”. When I prompted further explanation by saying “France is Bacon?” in a questioning tone I just got a “yes”. at 12 I didn’t have the confidence to press it further. I just accepted it as something I’d never understand.

It wasn’t until years later I saw it written down that the penny dropped.

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One Comment
  1. Mike Williams permalink

    Dear Brandon

    One for the apostrophe file…

    Regards

    Mike W

    Sent from my iPad

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