A 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).
- 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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