A common type of verbal blunder involves switching the initial sounds of
a pair of words. The term "Spoonerism" is an eponym of the late Reverend
William Archibald Spooner, who had a notorious penchant for this kind of
Attributed to Reverend Spooner:
- "Three cheers for our queer old dean!"
- "It is kisstomary to cuss the bride."
- "Those girls are sin twisters."
- "Is the bean dizzy?"
- "The Lord is a shoving leopard."
- "When the boys come back from France, we'll have the hags flung out."
- "Let me sew you to your sheet."
- "The enemy fled quickly from the ears and sparrows."
- "She joins this club over my bed doddy."
- "The old revival hymn, 'Shall We Rather At the Giver?'"
- "There is no peace in a home where a dinner swells."
- "I see before me tons of soil." -- A greeting to a group of farmers;
he meant to say, "sons of toil."
- "We all know what it is to have a half-warmed fish inside us."
-- A statement made when he meant to say, "Half-formed wish."
- "You have hissed my mystery lectures and were caught fighting a liar in
the quad. Having tasted the whole worm, you will leave by the next
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