While we’re on the subject of mondegreens, this one was overheard on a walk in MRP’s neighborhood.
S. (age 5): Mom! We have to run by this house!
MRP: Okay! We do? Why?
S.: Because the leaves on those bushes are made of halava!
MRP: They are? Oh my goodness. [pause] What’s halava?
S.: It’s like fire! It will burn you! Halava! Run!
MRP [pondering a moment]: Do you mean hot lava?
S.: Yes! Run!
Note to self: Only known volcano in Metrowest Boston area may be located directly around the corner from MRP’s house.