Friday, November 20, 2009

WHAT'S IN A NAME? - SPOONERISM



S
poonerism is a transposition
of usually initial sounds of two or more words.

Examples:


"tons of soil - sons of toil"

"know your blows - blow your nose"
"flutter by - butterfly"
"it's roaring with pain - it's pouring with rain"
"go help me sod - so help me God"


The Reverend William Archibald Spooner (1844-1930) was celebrated for his habit, accidental or cultivated, of transposing the first letters of words in phrases. It is reported that in conversation he referred to the well known two-wheeled vehicle as "a well boiled icicle" and to a friend's new cottage as a "nosey little cook." And they say that he would startle listeners at his sermons by referring to "tearful chidings" or assuring them that something was as easy as for a "a camel to go through the knee of an old idol."


2 comments:

Joseph said...

So that is spoonerism ha! Very interesting. An additional knowledge. Thanks for posting this one!

Ramon said...

Never heard of this word. Ang alam ko SPOON ha ha!!!