Jokes, Riddles & Tongue Twisters


by S.E. Schlosser

Ever get your words mixed up?  Called “pea soup” “sea poup” or a "butterfly" a "flutterby"?  You’re not alone.  Verbal mix-ups of this kind are officially called metaphasis – literally the translations of sounds. 


Another common name applied to word slips is spoonerism, based upon the antics of the Oxford Dean and Warden of New College William Archibald Spooner, a nervous, highly-educated man who was known for his many slips of the tongue.  Some of his most famous spoonerisms include:  


  • Is the bean dizzy?  (True meaning: Is the Dean busy?)
  • Kingquering Kongs (True meaning: Conquering Kings)
  • The Lord is a shoving leopard (True meaning: The Lord is a loving shepherd)
  • Please sew me to another sheet (True meaning: Please show me to another seat)


Have you ever had a slip of the tongue?  What new spoonerisms have you created? 


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About the Author: S.E. Schlosser

S.E. Schlosser is the author of the Spooky Series by Globe Pequot Press, as well as the Ghost Stories deck by Random House.  She has been telling stories since she was a child, when games of "let's pretend" quickly built themselves into full-length tales acted out with friends. A graduate of both Houghton College and the Institute of Children's Literature, Sandy received her MLS from Rutgers University while working as a full-time music teacher and a freelance author. Read more

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