Spoonerisms are unintentional slips of the tongue (tips of the slung) where the speaker transposes the initial sounds or letters of 2 or more words. We do think that sometimes
the error is deliberate! Check these out:
- Those girls are sin twisters
- A well-boiled icicle
- A lack of pies
- It’s roaring with pain
- Wave the sails
- He’s a smart fella
- Go and shake a tower
- At the lead of spite
- Chipping the flannel
- She is sure pretty
- A hot pie would make me happy
- A blushing crow
- Three cheers for our queer old dean
- I’d rather have a bottle in front of me that a frontal lobotomy.
- Let me sew you to your sheet
Did you get all those? If not, here’s a cheat sheet: twin sisters, well-oiled bicycle, pack of lies, pouring rain, save the whales, fart smeller, take a shower, speed of light, flipping the channel, pretty sure, pot high, crushing blow, dear old queen, show you to your seat
One of our favorite spoonerisms is Dorothy Parker’s “I’d rather have a bottle in front of me than a frontal lobotomy”.
What are your favorite spoonerisms? Send them to firstname.lastname@example.org.