"roach" = 'joint' butt--anything before 1938?

Dan Goodman dsgood at VISI.COM
Mon Nov 17 07:42:59 UTC 2003

Sam Clements wrote:

> So, is this the the first Mondegreen IN PRINT?

No.   Child's _The English and Scottish Popular Ballads_ began being
published in 1882.   It included variant editions of many of the
ballads.  Some of the variants were fairly obviously mondegreens.
Checking the dates of Child's printed sources would
probably extend mondegreens back farther.

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