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Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Spoonerisms

Mrs. Kravitz ~a nosy little cook!
Spoonerisms are phrases or in language with swapped sounds. Usually this happens by accident, particularly if you're speaking fast. Come and wook out of the lindow, for example.

The funniest ones are the ones in which the Spoonerism makes sense as well as the original phrase, such as A well-boiled icicle = a well-oiled bicycle.
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The name Spoonerism comes from the Reverend William Archibald Spooner who is reputed to have been particularly prone to making this type of verbal slip. Here are some fun examples...
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nosey little cook ~ cosy little nook
a blushing crow ~ a crushing blow
tons of soil ~ sons of toil
our queer old Dean ~ our dear old Queen
our shoving leopard ~ our loving shepherd
know your blows ~ blow your nose
shake a tower ~ take a shower
tease my ears ~ ease my tears
nicking your pose ~ picking your nose
lack of pies ~ pack of lies
go help me sod ~ so help me God
pit nicking ~ nit picking
wave the sails ~ save the whales
mad bunny ~ bad money
shout of the hour ~ out of the shower
lead of spite ~ speed of light
flutter by ~ butterfly
mend the sail ~ send the mail
my zips are lipped ~ my lips are zipped
bat flattery ~ flat battery
belly jeans ~ jelly beans
eye ball ~ bye all
fight in your race ~ right in your face
no tails ~ toe nails
hiss and lear ~ listen here
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My favorite one of the day is roaring with pain = pouring with rain, since I experienced both of these today! I burnt my front teeth on a very hot cup of coffee...yes, the nerves in my teeth...they've throbbed all day! Crazy, I know. And, Harry and I went to Wal-mart and drove there in gorgeous sunny weather. I left the sun-roof open on my new set of wheels only to have a horendous thunderstorm pour while we were in the store. Ugh. I know, I know..."good, bad and ugly post" is in the works! haha.
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If you want to have more fun with Spoonerisms,
click HERE! And if you want to read past fun
word posts on my blog, click HERE!

35 comments:

  1. Nice post. Love the little "fade-out" effect at the end, too!

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  2. Thank you, Filver Sox. :) haha

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  3. I'm glad you appreciated the comment from a fart smeller -- I mean, a smart feller -- like myself!

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  4. Mr. Fox, you always know how to tease my ears or ease my tears, I should say. ha.

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  5. Thats funny..the print got so tiny I couldn't read the end of all this!
    I sometimes say things like this..magazine...zagamine...I don't know why! LOL Come say hi (Hi say come) :D

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  6. Ha Ha...I didn't know these things had a name. I always say "cob on the corn" and "poffee cot".

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  7. You got new wheels? No more crazy windshield wipers?

    I have to be careful not to order Tai Chis instead of Chai Teas at Starbucks.

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  8. That was very interesting, thank you for today's lesson in the English language, I am always interested in learning more.;)) Have a lovely day Betsy,
    xo

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  9. ha. these are great...yikes on teh car becoming a swimming pool and teeth burning coffee...

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  10. My children live for spoonerisms. Some of them have made a habit of speaking this way and they never have a problem understanding each other. They do, however, need to be careful on occasion.

    I, on the other hand, have trouble saying some things right, like "Bread and Beckfast."

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  11. I do this all the time...my children love it! Gives them one more thing to laugh at me/with me about :)

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  12. Kayren ~ I got new wheels...gorgeous ones! And now that the fan ran on the seats all afternoon, they are dry again! ugh.

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  13. Martha ~ it's almost like pig-latin that we did when we were kids. Well, I didn't...I wasn't good at it. But some of my friends were great!

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  14. that photo of Mrs. Kravitz sent me over right away. she always made me laugh.

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  15. Those were great, I am still chuckling at all the comments!

    Nancy

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  16. Cali Girl ~ if I look out the window at our neighbors, The Mister always asks me if I'm being Mrs. Kravitz! (then he comes and looks out the window with me! LOL!)

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  17. Betsy, thank you for visiting this morning. Just wanted to tell you I have corrected the C.T. links now. Thanks for bringing it to my attention. Sorry about that. Must have been super tired or something. Even my one was wrong as were most in fact. BUT you can visit each other now. Thanks again.

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  18. Ah, that is what they are called. I don;t make those but do a lot of malaprops instead.

    My favourite here, of course, is "nosey little cook ~ cosy little nook". How funny.

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  19. Mmm ~ I KNEW you'd love the cozy nook! ha.

    malaprops..had to go google that, show off! ;)

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  20. Our local weatherman often made the slip into predicting 'frog and fost' during the winter months.

    Good post Betsy. I'm a big fan of 'spoonerisms'.

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  21. I actually knew what a spoonerism was, thanks to my high school daughter's vocabulary words last year. She is from China and needed lots of help. I definitely learned a lot.

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  22. They say you learn something new everyday - today, for me, it is spoonerisms! Gotta go back and read your list again and follow the link. They are fun!

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  23. Hope your new wheels didn't get too wet!!!!
    Those are so funny!

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  24. I absolutely LOVE this post. I really enjoyed it. You are so clever. :)

    Thank you for also stopping by and leaving a comment on my CT post. It really means alot. I've missed engaging with you and others on here!! Hugs!

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  25. Martin ~ that is so funny! I think the best ones are done on live TV....just the spontaneity and a twisted tongue. ha.

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  26. Thanks for stopping by, Lizzie...where HAVE you been, anyway? ;)

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  27. Oh my gosh Betsy, you can't win on those trips to Wal-Mart! Sorry about the throbbing teeth. I'm sure that hurts.

    Your post reminds me of what I watched last night...a re-run of All In the Family...Archie sure could murder the English language.

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  28. Stevie ~ I KNOW!! I think taking Alex to Sams Club is the safest bet! haha...maybe I should just do that combination every week to play it safe! The teeth are much better today...what a weird thing that was!

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  29. Love the spoonerisms.

    So sorry about the teeth AND the interior of your new ride!!!

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  30. Great post. The print at the end got very tiny and that made me panicky. I thought Mr. Eyes were playing a prank and yelled at them. But then, I read the topmost comment and was happy. Yeah, I apologized to Mr. Eyes!

    Have an awesome day...:)

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  31. I don't have that fading effect on my screen! I can't tell what you guys are talking about! Blame it on Blogger! ha. Sorry!

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  32. I had forgotten about spoonerisms...sadly, I think I say them more than I think. Love the photo of Mrs. Kravitz...she always cracked me up!

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  33. Are you still checking in here? I thought of you this morning while listening to little girls play. Thought I heard one say "Peed her pants..." when she actually said, "Peter Pan's." Different kind of word play, but I thought of you just the same.

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  34. Martha ~ haha...yes, that's an oronym...I posted about those back in May. Phrases that sound like you said something else. LOL! Aren't you glad you heard wrong?? :)

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