Tips of the Slung: Silly Spoonerisms

kiss the brideA spoonerism is an unintentional slip of the tongue. Sometimes initial consonants are transposed. Other times syllables are reversed. These verbal blunders are named after William Archibald Spooner, a well-known lecturer from Oxford England.

Here’s a few of Dr Spooner’s better known gaffs:

  • Three cheers for our queer old dean! (when toasting Queen Victoria)
  • It is kisstomary to cuss the bride (while puckering up at a wedding)
  • Ye noble tons of soil! (referring to Great Britain’s farmers)
  • When our boys come home from France, we’ll have the hags flung out. (flags hung out).

More spoonerisms from other tongued-tied folk:magicians rabbit

    • I’ll heat my cat (eat my hat)!
    • My zips are lipped (lips are zipped)!
    • Know your blows (blow your nose)!
    • Clip your no tails (toe nails)!
    • Where’s the cop porn (pop corn)?
    • Roaring pain (pouring rain)
    • A psychologist pulls habits out of rats (rabbits out of hats).
    • A dentist yanks for the roots. A New York baseball fan roots for the Yanks!
    • I’d rather have a bottle in front of me than a frontal lobotomy!

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