Henry B. Stinson
Thu, 29 Aug 2002 12:23:28 -0400
If you read the article carefully at
It does not say that Spoonerisms include transpositions of other
parts of words other than the first parts. It merely goes on to give
other examples of transposed sounds, without saying that those were
included under Spoonerisms. Rev Spooner DEFINED by his odd
slippage what Spoonerisms were and are. One can't then go throwing
in all sorts of slips and mistakes and transpositions that he never made.
One of his most famous was not quoted in that article, something
he said from the pulpit when he saw a woman getting ready
to sit in a pew that was reserved for a family --
"Mardon me, Padam, but ... " Sorry, but I can't remember
the rest -- something about the pew being taken.) If I were not
working, I could go on line and find it.
"In real life, transposed sounds often have some phonetic resemblance to one another, as in slow and sneet (snow and
sleet). In addition, they can affect vowels, as in cuss and kiddle (kiss and cuddle) and the final sounds of words and
syllables: hass or grash (hash or grass). They can also affect larger items, such as syllables and words: mouth in her
food (food in her mouth), to gap the bridge (to bridge the gap). Such errors provide evidence of how speech is planned
and produced. See Slip Of The Tongue. [Language, Style]. J.M.A."
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