Spoonerisms

15 Oct

Well im back at uni now and we’ve been given our first brief! its called lost for words. The words well sentences ive been given to work on Spoonerisms and when i was give it i had no idea what they where so i’ve researched them and hers an explanation of what a spoonerism is:

‘A spoonerism is an error in speech or deliberate play on words in which corresponding consonants, vowels, or morphemes are switched. They are in some cultures are used as a rhyme form used in poetry, and are internationally used in humour.’

‘Spoonerisms are words or phrases in which letters or syllables get swapped. This often happens accidentally in slips of the tongue’

another interesting thing about spoonerisms is that Since Spoonerisms are phonetic transpositions, it is not so much the letters which are swapped as the sounds themselves. Transposing initial consonants in thespeed of light gives the leed of spight which is clearly meaningless when written, but phonetically it becomes the lead of spite.

Now having a much better understanding of what a spoonerism is! Im going to look up some examples. Here are a few the i liked!

  • A Blushing Crow ( A crushing Blow)
  • Plaster man (Master plan)
  • Flock of bats (Block of flats)
  • Flutter by (butterfly)
  • you have tasted a worm (you have wasted a term)

Interesting facts about spoonerism is that there are actually books you can buy with purposeful spoonerisms like: Runny Babbit: A Billy Sook also people have changed stories around with spoonerisms like The Pea Little Thrigs (The Three Little Pigs).

i will be looking at more spoonerisms and keep you updated on my choice i think i have to come up with 12 by tuesday!

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