A Spoonerism is an error in speech (or sometimes a deliberate play on words) where corresponding morphemes, vowels, or consonants are switched. Some examples:

Punk in drublic (Drunk in Public)

Tarp as a shack, and not bolding hack (Sharp as a tack, and not holding back)

Pobody’s nerfect (Nobody’s Perfect)


It’s a good thing magicians aren’t prone to these:



Here are a couple other types of linguistic slip-ups that I’m sure you’ve heard (or said):

A Malapropism is the substitution of a similar sounding word for another. The resulting sentence is nonsensical and usually humourus.


Worst case Ontario (Worst case scenario)

prostate with grief (prostrate with grief)

I’m not a pessimist; I’m an optometrist. (optimist)


A Mondegreen is when a listener mishears words, and subsequently repeats them incorrectly. This often happens with music.


Excuse me while I kiss this guy (Excuse me while I kiss the sky)

Sweet dreams are made of cheese (Sweet dreams are made of these)






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36 Responses to Spoonerisms.

  1. Smart Guy says:

    I love your comics, man (Said in the most manly voice possible).

  2. Russ Nickel says:

    Who knew card based spoonerisms could be so amusing! They really provide a good core of flubs for you to work with.

  3. This is a very appropriate post for today because I just found out that Taio Cruz’s song Dynamite says “I throw my hands up in the air sometimes Saying AYO! Gotta let go!” and not “I throw my hands up in the air sometimes Saying AYO! Galileo!” much to my utter disappointment.

    Guess what song this is: “Do you wanna eat a poet … with rice …”

  4. It WAS the whore of farts! You must be psychotic!

  5. Mondegreens are why my husband hates long car rides with me. At least he laughs when I sing along with the Pixies “Your bones got a little mushy.”

    PS. Whore of farts? I will be laughing all day.

  6. the waiting says:

    I am the queen of malapropism. It all started when I was eight and told my Sunday school teacher that my aunt had moved back to town and was living in a great condom on Quince Ave. Ah yes, a proud moment for my parents.

  7. R.J. Foster says:

    I used to work in a group led by a guy whose malapropisms were, for me, the highlight of his meetings. Once, I’d have sworn I heard him say that costs were increasing “excrementally.”

  8. If you worked for a plumbing company, that would be clever as hell. Sounds to me like just a tip of the slung, though.

  9. allenavw says:

    My Mom says whore of farts every time we play cards! I thought she was the only one. Great way to start the morning 🙂

  10. P.S. Please draw a grief-stricken prostate.

  11. Rae says:

    Ha, I can’t tell you how many times I’ve done this.

  12. Rose says:

    Reminds me of a time when my mother and I were sitting in the bar that my stepdad owned, and the song Hawaiian War Chant came on the jukebox.
    My mom said, “This is one of my favorite songs – Hawaiian Whore Chant.”
    Man, did we laugh at that one.

  13. Jacob Spire says:

    The lunch pine milled key.

  14. yeah, hendrix gave us on good spin on that one ^_^

  15. Craftwhack says:

    hahahaha whore of farts. I hadn’t heard the word mondegreen before, so thanks for the laugh and the english lesson.

  16. Wayne E. says:

    Haha! I liked the Hendrix one!

  17. mj monaghan says:

    Very funny, AND educational.

    Had not heard the word, Mondegreen. Very cool!

  18. Space of AIDS


    Tell me Boggleton, has readership continued to climb since Freshly Pressed?

    Mine took a sharp rise but is waning now

  19. lorrelee1970 says:

    Loving the card reading. Funny as hell.

  20. Top bit of spooning there. AIDs jokes are usually funny and that is no exception.

  21. So weird. Just responded to a comment of yours on my site and AIDS came up. Then I read your post…and AIDS came up. Does this happen a lot when you’re involved? Do diseases come up frequently? How about earthquakes? Natural disasters, in general? I really like your blog, but I think I shall begin wearing protective outerwear when I read it…just in case of a typhoon or a spilled glass of AIDS. Funny stuff!

  22. Sammie says:

    I didn’t know there was an actual word for this! I do it all the time but it seems no one else I know does and I though there was something wrong with me. I don’t feel bad anymore. Thank you for this. 😀

  23. downy03 says:

    Here in Middle East, Arab people pronounce the letter “P” with “B”. Like Pepsi, -“Bebsi”, Popcorn -Bobcorn.

    When I was new in the company my boss said; “Where is the “Baber” I asked you to “bile”? hahaha… Funny!

    Thanks for the info. First time to hear this Spoonerisms. 🙂

  24. Chilli Ninja says:

    Totally cracked up at this!!! Brilliant!

  25. Beth says:

    I have spoonerism issues with the title of my own blog. You’d think after two years I’d be past that… apparently not. Thankfully, I seem to be the only person stricken with this malady.

  26. JP says:

    I have seen the shirts “I am going Nucking Futs” I suppose all of the above can be related to Freudian Slips. “A Freudian Slip is when you mean to say one thing and you say your mother.”

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