May 20th, 2015
The letter is S - for Spoonerisms......
Definition - an unintentional interchange of sounds, producing a phrase with a meaning entirely different from the one intended.
Example - we'll have the hags flung out - we'll have the flags hung out
Of course this produces many funny witticisms, and we have the Rev. William Archibald Spooner to thank for these sayings that "fickle our tummy bone", so to speak.
The Reverend Spooner was an Anglican priest and scholar (an albino with poor eyesight) who studied at New College,Oxford, and then went on to lecture there for sixty years in history, philosophy and divinity.
He was a kind and hospitable man, with a keen intellect, which contributed to the manifestation of sound switching for which he became well known. His tongue barely kept up with his thought processes.
Spooner was born in London in 1844, and he is buried in Grasmere Cemetery in the Lake District, but he left behind this marvelous word-play, some examples of which follow! Enjoy......
nosy little cook cozy little nook
our shoving leopard our loving shepherd
it's roaring with pain it's pouring with rain
wave the sails save the whales
bedding wells wedding bells
our queer old Dean our dear old Queen
hiss and lear listen hear
Your turn now - can you think of any good spoonerisms???
Lots more Ss here at ABC Wednesday, with thanks to Roger, Denise and strong and steady helpers.
p.s. Thanks to Martin Chilton for some of the information about the Rev. Spooner.