Funny Slips of the Tongue

Have you ever mixed up the sounds of letters or syllables from one word to another by accident when speaking? Then you’ve probably committed a ‘spoonerism‘!

This can happen quite often in everyday speech.

Let’s look at some examples:

Instead of saying ‘bad salad’, you might say ‘sad ballad’. ‘Jelly beans’ might sound like ‘belly jeans’ when you open your mouth. Or instead of ‘master plan’ you might say  ‘plaster man’.

Do you know the book by William Golding called, “Lord of the Flies?”. If you’re not careful, you might mix up the sounds and call it “Ford of the Lies”! 

Can you think of any spoonerisms that have slipped from your mouth?


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