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Saturday, February 10, 2007


The Reverend William Archibald Spooner (1844 - 1930) had a highly active brain which raced so quickly that his tongue could not keep up with his thoughts. So, many a times, the initial sounds of 2 or more words would be switched which would mean something entirely different from what he intended. Thus Spoonerism was born.

Pre - Spoonerism - Spoonerism

butterfly - flutter by
ease my tears - tease my ears
lighting a fire - fighting a liar
our loving shepherd - our shoving leopard

etc etc. You understand... Now these aren't as big a deal as you might think. But here are a few more sentences that could lead to very unfortunate examples of Spoonerism. (These are not attributed to Rev. Spooner but are just examples of how Spoonerism could be a bad thing:

  1. It's, "The Tale of Two Cities"
  2. Sir, you certainly are a shining wit.
  3. She is sure pretty.
  4. He fills her soul with hope.
  5. Have you seen her sick duck?
  6. He's not a pheasant plucker.
  7. She showed me her tool kits.
  8. He's a smart fella.
  9. Oh! The suffering of purgery on my soul!!
  10. Fire Truck.
  11. The acrobats displayed some cunning stunts.
Decipher and enjoy.



1 comment:

Anonymous said...

omg that took up a whole 2 seconds of my life