Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Wed Dec 13 20:45:38 UTC 2006

At 12:40 PM -0500 12/13/06, Beverly Flanigan wrote:
>At 12:15 PM 12/13/2006, you wrote:
>>At 11:06 AM -0500 12/13/06, Beverly Flanigan wrote:
>>>. . .
>>>But anyway, another nice merger example was said by (the other) Dennis the
>>>Menace some years ago:  Dennis was looking at some reindeer on a Xmas
>>>display and asked, "Which one is Olive the other reindeer?"  Most of my
>>>students, mergers and non-mergers alike, don't get this joke either.  Ditto
>>>for a similar cartoon on picking out a "naughty pine" Xmas tree.  'Tis the
>>Not just a Dennis the Menace cartoon, but a bonified (yup) artistic
>>endeavor, originating as a book published 10 years ago and Christmas
>>TV special a couple of years after that and now available in VHS and
>>DVD at a video store near you.
>>See,_the_Other_Reindeer for details.
>I didn't know that!  Maybe the Dennis cartoonist was playing on the movie?
>But is "Olive the other reindeer" really a mondegreen?  Would
>dialectologists agree??
I don't see why she'd be any different from her sister, Gladys the
cross-eyed bear.  (or Gladlee the cross-eyed bear, if you want to be


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