Monday, October 5, 2009


It's so true that the funniest things happen on accident. Those little tongue-twisters that sneak out of our mouth before we even know they've bubbled out of the deep recesses of our minds. Who knew THAT was in your head somewhere in the first place? Those ridiculously crazy type-os that seem to fly out of your fingers totally unbeknown, until you re-read the sentence and catch it (or the person reading your sentence), (or the 206 friends who read your facebook post). Perhaps most entertaining are the interesting Spoonerisms that pepper our conversations.

Spoonerism--error in speech or deliberate play on words in which corresponding consonants, vowels, or morphemes are switched (see metathesis). It is named after the Reverend William Archibald Spooner (1844–1930), Warden of New College, Oxford, who was notoriously prone to this tendency.[1] It is also known as a marrowsky, after a Polish count who suffered from the same impediment.[2] While spoonerisms are commonly heard as slips of the tongue resulting from unintentionally getting one's words in a tangle, they can also be used intentionally as a play on words.

Here are a few examples, taken from the sermons/exhortations of the Rev. Spooner himself:
* "Three cheers for our queer old dean!" (dear old queen, referring to Queen Victoria)
* "Is it kisstomary to cuss the bride?" (customary to kiss)
* "The Lord is a shoving leopard." (a loving shepherd)
* "A blushing crow." (crushing blow)
* "A well-boiled icicle" (well-oiled bicycle)
* "You were fighting a liar in the quadrangle." (lighting a fire)
* "Is the bean dizzy?" (dean busy)
* "Someone is occupewing my pie. Please sew me to another sheet." (occupying my me to another seat)
* "You have hissed all my mystery lectures. You have tasted a whole worm. Please leave Oxford on the next town drain." (missed...history, wasted...term, down train)[7]

Wikipedia, you have my regards.

It's so good to know I'm not alone in my verbal and written blundering. I can sleep now.


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Your funny. Have a good night.