A Spoonerism Is A Goofy Figure Of Speech

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.

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Key Facts In This Video

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    A bird in the hand is technically worth 2.48 birds in the bush according to one author. (0:28)

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    Lexical ambiguity occurs when a word or words have more than one meaning. (3:15)

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    Tmesis is the term used to describe placing a word inside of another. (4:56)

83 Old Slang Phrases We Should Bring Back

Let's get even weirder with words!

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Key Facts In This Video

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    Sausages used to be referred to as "Bags O' Mystery" (1:17)

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    To "Hump the Swag" means to carry your luggage on your back. (4:19)

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    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" (5:43)

The Origins Of Weird Idioms

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