Thursday, July 4, 2013
William Archibald Spooner used to make funny verbal slips which later came to be known as ‘Spoonerisms.’
Fighting a liar Lighting a fire
Tons of soil Sons of toil
Our queer old Dean Our dear old
You've tasted two worms You've wasted two terms
Our shoving leopard Our loving shepherd
Is the bean dizzy? Is the Dean busy?
Some of my friends have already given good examples. Here are some more for you to enjoy.
· It is pouring with rain. (It is with pain.)
· Tease my ears (Ease my tears)
· Go and shake a tower ( Go and take a shower)
· Chipping the ( Flipping the channels)
· Chewing the doors (Doing the chores)
· Trim your snow tail (Trim your )
· Plaster man ( )
While talking about spoonerisms, I am reminded of the question my daughter asked me when she was three or four. ‘Why is a ‘butterfly’ called so? Is it made of butter?’ I couldn’t give her a reply and drew her attention to something more interesting. However, , I got a convincing though not an authentic explanation for this. These insects flutter by. When the tongue slips and the consonants are interchanged, ‘flutter by’ becomes ‘butter fly’. If any of you have a more logical explanation, please let me know.
Srikanth Tamraparni wanted me to explain the difference in the use of ‘Until’ and ‘till.’