At every stage of oral transmission we must suppose that some accidental variations from what was delivered would be introduced, and occasionally some willful variations. Memory will fail at times; at times the listener will hear amiss, or will not understand, and a perversion of sense will ensue, or absolute nonsense, — nonsense which will be servilely repeated, and which repetition may make more gross. …Happy are we when we are sure of the nonsense; as when, in The Gypsy Laddie, ‘cast their glamourie owre her’ is turned into ‘they called their grandmother over.’
— F.J. Child, V-10: 309.
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