Christmas games: Round 2 – Christmas Mondegreens

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Winners to be announced weekly and on Christmas Day

games created by Lansing Journal staff

LANSING, Ill. (December 13, 2021) – In the holiday spirit of trying something festive, last Monday The Lansing Journal launched a three-part series of Christmas games. Round 1 was a game called Guess the Christmas Carol, and dozens of people participated. This week’s first order of business is to announce the winners, the first two people to email correct answers.

Winner 1: Carla Bucci

Carla Bucci emailed the correct answer at 5:14am on Tuesday, December 7. She has set a high standard for anyone else who wants to win fame and acclaim during our series of Christmas games! Carla has been a Lansing Journal subscriber for nearly two years, and her recent success in this game is only one of the benefits she experiences.

Winner 2: Terry Kapteyn

Subscriber Terry Kapteyn’s entry arrived just 12 minutes after Carla Bucci’s, securing him nearly as much fame and acclaim as Carla has received. Many of our readers know Terry as the former owner of Park Mobil Service Station, and others know him from his public service as a Village of Lansing Trustee. In his acceptance speech, Terry is giving a shout-out to his church family at Emmanuel Christian Reformed Church: “If you’re looking for a church family that is very loving and caring, check out Emmanuel CRC at 10:30 am on Sunday. If you can’t physically make it, you can watch online.”

For those who missed it, here’s the game Carla and Terry won, with the correct answer in the caption.

Christmas games
Deck the Halls. (Get it? It’s a picture of Halls cough drops on a deck!)

This week’s round of Christmas games: Christmas Mondegreens

What’s a mondegreen? Here’s the official definition: “A mondegreen is the mishearing or misinterpretation of a phrase as a result of near-homophony, in a way that gives it a new meaning.” (source: Wikipedia) This may not sound like a fun game, but people who have played the Mattel classic Mad Gab will testify that it is.

A quick history lesson:
The name comes from Sylvia Wright’s essay, “The Death of Lady Mondegreen” (published in Harper’s Magazine, November 1954), in which Wright shared how, as a young girl, she misheard a line from “The Bonny Earl O’Moray,” a 17th-century ballad. The ballad goes like this:

Ye Highlands and ye Lowlands,
Oh, where hae ye been?
They hae slain the Earl O’ Moray,
And laid him on the green.

But Wright thought the last line was “And Lady Mondegreen,” meaning that the Earl’s wife had been slain too.

Ready to play?

Here are three mondegreens to decipher:

  1. Hoe Comma Leaf Hateful

  2. Fir Awes Teeth Us Gnome An

  3. Jewels Hooch Are Riot Kid

Hint: Try saying them out loud. Really loud. So all the people in your office can hear.

Email your guess to [email protected]. The first two correct answers we receive will be declared this week’s winners.

In addition to the local fame the winners will experience, there are two other reasons to participate:

  1. If you have a business, church, or event you want to promote, we’ll include a link when we announce you as the winner.
  2. All six weekly winners will be entered in a drawing to receive the last remaining Life in Lansing 2022 calendar.

Round 3, the final round, will post next Monday, December 20, and subscribers will receive it via email at 5:01am on December 21.

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