[Dixielandjazz] Spoonerisms

John Farrell stridepiano@tesco.net
Thu, 29 Aug 2002 21:11:54 +0100

Henry Stinson said :

" 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."

Then clearly you missed this part Henry :

"They (i.e. spoonerisms) 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).)"

The article comes from a highly regarded linguistic source - The Oxford
Companion to the English Language.

John Farrell