26 June 2014


Welcome readers! So what did the title actually mean to you? Did you came in thinking Spoonerism is something like Buddhism or Hinduism? FYI it is not….Also spoonerism has nothing to do with spoons!! Keep reading.
I came across this phenomenon in a movie, where this was used to communicate humour.

A spoonerism is simply an error in speech. The play is such that corresponding consonants, vowels or morphemes are switched.
It is named after the Reverend William Archibald Spooner, who was prone to this tendency.

Spoonerisms are commonly heard as slips of the tongue. However they can be used to translate humour and as a rhyme form in poetry.

So here are some good examples:

 Three cheers for our queer old dean!
(dear old queen)
 Is it kisstomary to cuss the bride?
(customary to kiss)
 The Lord is a shoving leopard.
(a loving shepherd)
 A blushing crow. *omg*
(crushing blow)
 A well-boiled icicle
(well-oiled bicycle)
 Is the bean dizzy?
(dean busy)


- Names of music albums:
                                               Ø Punk in Drublic
                                               Ø Liberal Animation
                                               Ø Night in the Ruts

- Spoonerism was chosen as one of the character personalities of the seven dwarfs during the production of Walt Disney’s Snow white and the Seven Dwarfs.
- One of Shel Silverstein’s book was entitled ‘Runny Babbit: A Billy Sook’
- In the English translations of the Finnsih Moomins books, the characters Thingumy and Bob often use these; spmetimes as ‘Bingumy and Thob’ and stating things are “worry vell”.
- In a situation where profanity is unsuitable, a spoonerism is used to tone down the intensity of the expression or to bend the rules.

Ø Bass ackwards
Ø Nucking futs
Ø Muck Fichigan

- In J.K.Rowling’s first book, George says “we’re not stupid; we know we’re called Gred and Forge”
- Comedian F.Chase Taylor published a book with stories subtitled

Ø Wart pun: Aysop’s Feebles
Ø Tart pooh: Tany and other fales
Ø Beeping Sleauty.

Here are some more spoonerisms:
 Go and shake a tower

 Plaster man

 Trim your snow tail

 Chewing the doors
Now I think you can figure out what it means without the bracket hint.
Keep Spoonering!!

Usage information gathered from Google, Wikipedia


  1. Brilliant! Love the examples of spoonerisms you gave. Made my day.

    1. Thanks a tonne for stopping by Kalpana!!
      I'm glad :)

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