Here are some sentences:
You have hissed my mistery lectures. You have tasted a whole worm.
Noble tons of soil
Work is the course of drinking classes.
Three cheers for our queer old dean!
The copyright of these sentences go to Dr. William Archibald Spooner (1844 – 1930), who was an
Dr. Spooner had this little trouble of switching two identical words or sounds when he spoke. All those early sentences were told by him on formal occasions, though when he said them, the words just got switched and became what they are. These below are the correct forms:
You have missed my history lectures. You have wasted a whole term.
Drink is the course of working classes.
Three cheers for our dear old queen! (Said, when he raised his wine glass to Queen
These sentences made Dr. Spooner famous, as a new term itself was coined and included in the dictionary from his name, to mean these slips of tongue, spoonerism. This is the accidental transposition of words or sounds in spoken discourse.
Here are some more of the famous quotes from Dr. Spooner.
The lord is a shoving leopard (loving shepherd).
When our boys return from
It is now kisstomary to cuss the bride. (He ended his wedding by saying this.)
Is the bean dizzy. (Is the dean busy? Dr. Spooner said this when he called on the college dean, before he [Dr. Spooner] became the dean.
Well-boiled icicle (well-oiled bicycle).
Mardon me padam, this pie is occupewed.
Go and shake a tower (take a shower).
Dr. Spooner, a typical confused professor, was a peculiar albino and with an unsuitably large head. He was an amicable, approachable academic with a highly learned mind prone to too many of such mistakes—results of his absentmindedness. In one sermon he made, he replaced
In another incident, Dr. Spooner wrote a note to his fellow staff to see him immediately; the note had a postscript saying that the problem was solved and the staff no longer had to meet him ‘immediately.’
In 1858, John Meade Faulkner, English novelist, was born.
Theodore Sorenson, American writer, was born in 1928.
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