Ever find yourself saying something and it comes out screwy? Yeah, it happens to me, too. A lot. Once I described myself as “quy and shyet”. It turns out there’s a name for this jumbling of sounds – spoonerisms.
They were “invented” by Reverend William Archibald Spooner, who was born in London in 1844. Because of this amiable man’s intellect, his tongue couldn’t keep up with his thoughts. Thus spoonerisms were born.
Here are some attributed to him:
- At a wedding: “It is kisstomary to cuss the bride.”
- “When our boys come home from France, we will have the hags flung out.”
- In a speech to Queen Victoria: “I have in my bosom a half-warmed fish.”
- “Mardon me padom, you are occupewing my pie. May I sew you to another sheet?”
- Upon dropping his hat: “Will nobody pat my hiccup?”
It’s always fun when a spoonerism makes other words, like wave the sails v. save the whales. Sometimes they just make funny nonsense sounds, like rolder shubs or oonerspism. They really come in handy for celebrating Birthington’s Washday or Ganksthiving. Try doing them with names, too. You might know a Hecky Badley. Just be careful though, because you could tell someone “I peed a nickel” when all you need is a pickle.
This is my bobbin, Drag. He helps me write all my plog bosts.
These are some of our favorite spoonerisms:
- What a nosy little cook!
- Bonuddy wants my belly jeans.
- I must mend the sail.
- Know your blows and then go shake a tower.
- Some people have mad banners.
- It crawls through the fax.
- She slopped her dripper and can into the rastle.
Someone even rewrote a few fairy tales in spoonerisms. If you want your brain twisted some more, check out this.
I hope this toast pickled your bunny phone. Have a date gray!