David Parsons took in the Back Bay as the New Year arrived.
Leslee captured the Public Garden bridge on First Night:
Top photo copyright David Parsons. Bridge photo posted under this Creative Commons license. Both posted in the Universal Hub pool on Flickr.
Keep up the good work, sir.
Never heard the original. Love this one though:
and not the full year (2020) as it has in previous years.
You just need to stand kitty-corner so you can see that the full year is spelled out across two sides of the building :P
I've always found the expression "kitty-corner" interesting... nothing to do with cats, it's derived from mis-hearing the original phrase "cater-corner" (itself mis-heard from Latin quattuor meaning "four" as in "four corners")...
I wonder if there's a general name for phrases that are based on mis-hearing other phrases, like "monkey wrench" (several possible disputed origins, none of them involving monkeys, like "Moncke Wrench" after a possible inventor)... or "Pennsylvania Dutch" from mishearing "Pennsylvania Deutch" (immigrants from Germany, not the Netherlands)... I don't know a general term for that kind of phrase shift.
It seems similar to a mondegreen, but that's more in song lyrics or full phrases I think. Not sure if there's a word for it when it occurs with an individual word.
Not sure if there's a word for it when it occurs with an individual word.
Folk etymology is a term for the explanation. Sometimes people use it as a term for the victimization of a word or term.
In my lifetime I am pretty sure folk etymology is going to allow the spelling of segue as segway.
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