A Spoonerism Is A Goofy Figure Of Speech

Spoonerisms have nothing to do with utensils or cuddling (you've heard of spooning, right?). Instead, it is a goofy play on words where the first letters of a phrase are swapped. For example, Sarah Palin and parasailin'. The paraprosdokian is another funny wordplay that is often employed by comedians. It is a phrase that starts one way and ends with an expected twist. Like this Groucho Marx quote, "I've had a perfectly wonderful evening, but this wasn't it." Learn more about weird linguistics in the video below.

How Much Is A Bird in The Hand Worth?

A journey into some of the very weird linguistics people use.

Key Facts In This Video

  1. A bird in the hand is technically worth 2.48 birds in the bush according to one author. 00:28

  2. Lexical ambiguity occurs when a word or words have more than one meaning. 03:15

  3. Tmesis is the term used to describe placing a word inside of another. 04:56

83 Old Slang Phrases We Should Bring Back

Let's get even weirder with words!

Key Facts In This Video

  1. Sausages used to be referred to as "Bags O' Mystery" 01:17

  2. To "Hump the Swag" means to carry your luggage on your back. 04:19

  3. Cheating on your significant other was referred to as "Carrying Tackle," "Being on a Left-Handed Honeymoon," and "Groping for Trout in a Peculiar River" 05:43

Written by Curiosity Staff January 20, 2015

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