Spoonerisms

When a friend of mine got married, he was so nervous that he made a vow to his ‘awful leaded wife’.

Such a slip of the tongue is called a ‘Spoonerism’, after the Reverend William Spooner (1844-1930), warden of New College, Oxford. These are the (unverified) quotations attributed to him:

  • “The weight of rages will press hard upon the employer.”
  • “The Kinquering Congs Their Titles Take.”
  • “Three cheers for our queer old dean!”
  • “Is it kisstomary to cuss the bride?”
  • “The Lord is a shoving leopard.”
  • “A blushing crow.”
  • “A well-boiled icicle”
  • “You were fighting a liar in the quadrangle.”
  • “Is the bean dizzy?”
  • “Someone is occupewing my pie. Please sew me to another sheet.”
  • “You have hissed all my mystery lectures. You have tasted a whole worm. Please leave Oxford on the next town drain.”
  • “A nosey little cook.”

Source: Wikipedia

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