[Dixielandjazz] Misplaced words
Thu, 29 Aug 2002 06:24:02 +0000
Hello John (and all),
>With the greatest of respect Bill, you might not be correct in your
>definition of a spoonerism. According to the information given at
>http://www.xrefer.com/entry/443971 spoonerisms are not limited to exchanged
>initial letters or sounds, the term can also describe whole word
Well then, I WAS correct, it's just that, according to your understanding, I
didn't carry it far enough.
However, acknowledging your literary awareness, I must provide further
evidence for the "anastrophe" rather than "spoonerism" position.
As you said,
>May I make a comment on your suggested "anastrophe"? "Usually for
>effect" appears to indicate that it is a deliberate utterance whereas a
>spoonerism is a inadvertent slip of the tongue.
Precisely! And since "A Hard Man is Good To Find" is a deliberate
construction for comedic effect and hardly a 'slip of the tongue' I would
argue this rules out the spoonerism (inadvertant slip) and endorses the
anastrophe (a deliberate utterance)!
Bill "Language Person" Gunter
ps. Are any of you familiar with a language glitch call a "Mondegreen"?
It is quite common and, I think, quite funny too.
I won't explain it here, allowing you to rush to your dictionaries and
figure it out for yourselves.
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