I’ve finally got round to opening (and blogging about it!) a jewellery shop on etsy – Lady Mondegreen. My evenings have been spent making pieces (well not every evening because I do Zumba, play on the PS3 as well as surf the internet a lot) and learning about selling on Etsy. Mr C even made me a light box so I can take decent photos. I’ve still got a lot to learn about the whole process but I have made one sale which made me ecstatic!
Why the name Lady Mondegreen?
A mondegreen is the mishearing of a phrase in a way that gives it a new meaning usually with an amusing result. American writer Sylvia Wright coined the term in her essay “The Death of Lady Mondegreen,” published in Harper’s Magazine in November 1954.
“When I was a child, my mother used to read aloud to me from Percy’s Reliques. One of my favorite poems began, as I remember:
Ye Highlands and ye Lowlands,
Oh, where hae ye been?
They hae slain the Earl Amurray,
And Lady Mondegreen.”
The actual words of the ballad are:
“Ye Highlands and Ye Lowlands,
O where hae ye been?
They hae slain the Earl of Moray,
And hae laid him on the green”
The name Lady Mondegreen is a nod to my own partial deafness and subsequent misinterpretations!