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    what is it called when 2 words of meanings when put together sound like 1 word with it's own meaning? ie. idle eyes - idolize. the interesting part is that idle eyes on it's own makes sense. need some help please.

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    Default Re: eg. idle eyes - idolize

    Perhaps it's a type of homophone.

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    Default Re: eg. idle eyes - idolize

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    what is it called when 2 words of meanings when put together sound like 1 word with it's own meaning? ie. idle eyes - idolize. the interesting part is that idle eyes on it's own makes sense. need some help please.

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    In some cases, it is a mondegreen:

    mon·de·green (mŏn'də-grēn', môn'-)
    n.
    A series of words that result from the mishearing or misinterpretation of a statement or song lyric. For example, I led the pigeons to the flag for I pledge allegiance to the flag.
    [After (Lady) Mondegreen, a misinterpretation of the line (hae laid) him on the green, from the song “The Bonny Earl of Murray”.]


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