Posted by: Jack Henry | January 17, 2014

Editor’s Corner: Spoonerisms for the 3-Day Weekend

I guess you didn’t get enough Monday so I’m throwing some more spoonerisms your way.

As Donna mentioned at the beginning of the week, there was a man, Reverend William Archibald Spooner, who taught in Oxford during the turn of the 20th century. Rumor has it that Mr. Spooner had a problem mixing up his words in a special way, by flip flopping words, letters, and sounds as he spoke. For example, instead of saying “it is customary to kiss the bride,” dear Reverend Spooner supposedly said, “it is kisstomary to cuss the bride.”

Here is a bunch o’ spoonerisms from several collections on the Internet. Some are said to be from Spooner himself, others are from unknown contributors. I cannot vouch for the veracity of the sources, but I can tell you that they are spoonerisms.

Enjoy, and have a great three-day weekend!


· little fit bunny (little bit funny)

· goys and birls (boys and girls)

· keys and parrots (peas and carrots)

· better Nate than lever (better late than never)

· Hoobert Heever (Herbert Hoover)

· a well-boiled icicle (a well-oiled bicycle)

· Kinkering Kongs Their Titles Take (Conquering Kings Their Titles Take) –W.A. Spooner

· Don’t sweat the petty things and don’t pet the sweaty things. – George Carlin

· (Adlai Stevenson) The background: Norman Vincent Peale was a Protestant preacher who was quite vocal about his dislike for Stevenson. In response, Stevenson said, "Speaking as a Christian, I find the Apostle Paul appealing and the Apostle Peale appalling."

· This one is somewhat of an urban legend. True or not, the joke that someone once said live on the air that the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation was "the Canadian Broadcorping Castration."

· The weight of rages will press hard upon the employer (instead of "rate of wages").

· The Lord is a shoving leopard. (a loving shepherd)

· A blushing crow. (crushing blow)

· You were fighting a liar in the quadrangle. (lighting a fire)

· Is the bean dizzy? (dean busy)

· Someone is occupewing my pie. Please sew me to another sheet. (Someone is occupying my pew. Please show me to another seat.)

· "You have hissed all my mystery lectures. You have tasted a whole worm. Please leave Oxford on the next town drain." (You have missed all my history lectures. You have wasted a whole term. Please leave Oxford on the next down train.)

· A nosey little cook. (cozy little nook).

· Go in with buns glazing. (guns blazing)

· candle with hair (handle with care)

· you have mad banners (bad manners)

· chipping the flannel (flipping the channel)

· roaring pain (pouring rain)

· sues and shocks (shoes and socks)

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