- July 22 -

Spooners (Spoonerism) Day

July 22nd is Spooner’s Day, named after Reverend William Archibald Spooner (born at London, England, July 22, 1844, warden of New College, Oxford, 1903–24, died at Oxford, England, Aug 29, 1930) who had the terrible habit with the 'slip of his tongue'. No, he wasn’t saying bad words, he just...

Spooners (Spoonerism) Day

July 22nd is Spooner’s Day, named after Reverend William Archibald Spooner (born at London, England, July 22, 1844, warden of New College, Oxford, 1903–24, died at Oxford, England, Aug 29, 1930) who had the terrible habit with the 'slip of his tongue'. No, he wasn’t saying bad words, he just wasn’t saying the words in the right order. Instead of saying, 'There goes a bunny rabbit, 'Spooner would often slip and say, 'There goes a runny babbit.'

A day to remember the scholarly man whose accidental transpositions gave us blushing crow (for crushing blow), tons of soil (for sons of toil), queer old dean (for dear old queen), swell foop (for fell swoop) and half-warmed fish (for half-formed wish).

Spoonerism
A spoonerism is an error in speech or deliberate play on words in which corresponding consonants, vowels, or morphemes are switched (see metathesis) between two words in a phrase. For example saying 'The Lord is a shoving leopard' instead of 'The Lord is a loving shepherd'. While spoonerisms are commonly heard as slips of the tongue resulting from unintentionally getting one's words in a tangle, they can also be used intentionally as a play on words. The term 'Spoonerism' was well established by 1921 thanks to an article in The Times.
A spoonerism is also known as a marrowsky, purportedly after a Polish count who suffered from the same impediment.

Try talking in spoonerisms for the day and see if it doesn’t make your own transpositions send you rolling on the floor. This is not a day to make fun, but to smile at the twist of the tongue that made him famous and I'm sure he wouldn't mind putting a smappy dile on your face.
Source:
http://www.answers.com/topic/spooner-s-day-william-spooner-birth-anniversary#ixzz35wRAYGlf
http://www.examiner.com/article/july-22-happy-spooner-s-day
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spoonerism

Categories:

More holidays on this day:

Hammock Day

You may also like...

Interesting events from Literature category.

Tell a Fairy Tale Day

Tell a Fairy Tale Day is a day to celebrate those beloved stories that we all loved as children, those fictional stories that told about characters such as fairies, talking animals, princesses, elves, witches, trolls, and giants. Though we are unable to find the history behind this holiday, it is a...

Dr. Seuss Day

Theodor Seuss Geisel ( March 2, 1904 – September 24, 1991) was an American writer, poet, and cartoonist most widely known for his children's books written under the pen names Dr. Seuss, Theo LeSieg and, in one case, Rosetta Stone. Geisel published 46 children's books, which were often...

English Language Day

UN English Language Day is observed annually on April 23. The event was established by the UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) in 2010 to seeking "to celebrate multilingualism and cultural diversity as well as to promote equal use of all six of its official...

Everybody Draw Mohammed Day

Everybody Draw Mohammed Day was an event held on May 20, 2010 in support of free speech and freedom of artistic expression of those threatened with violence for drawing representations of the Islamic Prophet Muhammad. It began as a protest against censorship of an American television show,...

Read a Book Day

Take time out of your busy life, and relax with a good book. Cozy up on a chair, indoors or out. It doesn't matter where you read that book, as long as you can do so in a comfortable manner. If you doze off along the way, we won't tell anyone. Reading is a great lifetime hobby. It offers so many...

Esperanto Day / Zamenhof Day

Zamenhof Day (Zamenhofa Tago in Esperanto), also called Esperanto Day, is celebrated on 15 December, the birthday of Esperanto creator L. L. Zamenhof. It is the most widely celebrated day in Esperanto culture. The history of celebrating Esperanto on Zamenhof's birthday can be traced back to 17...

Download KeepIn Calendar

Enjoy the interesting stories even on your phone or tablet