You probably expect that we can discover meaning in anything, since all we do is sit around and read the dictionary. Well, here’s a test: can we uncover something meaningful even in the goofiest situation? You be the judge.

Justin Bieber, the 16-year-old pop singer whose charisma results in the pandemonium of screaming teenagers at shopping malls, is a bit of an obsession on Twitter. People who love him, as well as people who love to hate him, post so many messages featuring the heartthrob that he consistently appears on Twitter’s list of the most popular (trending) topics.

One of Twitter’s peculiar customs involves switching the first letters of a person’s first and last names and tweeting the results. For example, the erstwhile singer Nick Jonas becomes “Jick Nonas.” And at this moment “Bustin Drew Jieber” is the No.1 topic on Twitter.

There’s a technical term for this phenomenon. Spoonerism is “the transposition of the initial consonants or consonant clusters of a pair of words.” A silly name for a silly practice, but it honors Reverend William Archibald Spooner, an official at Oxford University who was infamous for these slips of the tongue. While a spoonerism can be an accident, a relative of the Freudian slip (or parapraxis), it’s often used for humor. Too many spoonerisms verge on becoming malapropisms, “an act or habit of misusing words ridiculously, esp. by the confusion of words that are similar in sound.”

One of the more infamous moments in the history of malapropism occured recently when political celebrity Sarah Palin tweeted the non-word “refudiate.” See what we, and 100s of others, had to say about refudiate here.

What’s your favorite spoonerism? Share it below, and yank thou mery vuch.


US Fed News Service, Including US State News November 8, 2006 The National Park Service’s Great Smoky Mountains National Park issued the following press release: Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials have set a second round of meetings to discuss and solicit input from the public on the proposed improvements to the aging facilities at Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont in Blount County. The meetings are scheduled on Monday, November 13, at the Blount County Library, Maryville, Tenn., and Tuesday, November 14, at Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont inside the national park. Both meetings are between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.

The meetings, presented in an open house format, will provide more detail through exhibits and displays outlining detailed architectural drawings, floor plans, and site layout and features on the proposed preliminary alternatives. The five alternatives include concepts on new facility construction, rehabilitation of existing facilities, and a combination of both within the existing 10-acre site. see here great smoky mountains

The public has a 30-day opportunity to review and comment on these refined conceptual alternatives as part of the Design Concept Plan/Environmental Assessment (DCP/EA). The purpose of the DCP/EA is to evaluate existing facilities as they relate to meeting current environmental education program needs, and to develop conceptual designs for alternative facilities that will help to better support Tremont’s programs. The DCP/EA is required by the National Environmental Policy Act.

The five preliminary alternatives include Alternative A – No Action; Alternative B – Limited Modification to Existing Facilities; Alternative C – Moderate Modifications to Existing Facilities (no new buildings would be constructed); Alternative D – Moderate Redevelopment (construction of a new dormitory building and extensive rehabilitation of existing buildings); and Alternative E – Major Redevelopment – (complete site redevelopment that will incorporate sustainable design practices). Any construction of new facilities would take place within the footprint of the existing site and overnight capacity will remain the same.

“As a valuable Park partner,” said Park Superintendent Dale Ditmanson, “Tremont provides in-depth environmental education experiences for youths and adults in a residential setting. The programs at Tremont are an integral part of the Park’s Resource Education Program, and we want to ensure that those visiting and staying at the center will have the best residential experience while learning about the Park.” The comments that were received so far mentioned support for varying degrees of facility upgrades and improved levels of service, as well as developing facilities that best meet the needs of service to the public, making the campus pedestrian friendly and meeting accessibility issues. Some concerns were voiced over program disruption due to the renovations and the expansion of facilities. “Once we receive and analyze the public comments and undertake the impact analysis on each of the proposed alternatives, a preferred alternative will be selected and presented to the public in the fall of 2007,” Superintendent Ditmanson commented. see here great smoky mountains

Nancy Gray, 865/436-1208.


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  2. wolf tamer and tree puncher -  November 30, 2013 - 7:10 am

    Ugh. I don’t like Justin Bieber (and I am a 7th-grade girl) because his hair is ugly and he sings like a girl. I know most people disagree with me, but that’s just how I feel.

    Have you heard of a mondegreen? That’s like a malapropism, only it is heard rather than spoken. The name comes from author Sylvia Wright – she heard an old Irish ballad and though the words were “Thou hae slain the Earl o’ Murray/And Lady Mondegreen.” The actual lines are “Thou hae slain the Earl o’ Murray/And laid him on the green.” Now, the act of mis-hearing music is named for the nonexistent Lady Mondegreen. One example of a mondegreen:
    Real lyrics: “There’s a bad moon on the rise.” Mondegreen: “There’s a bathroom on the right.”

  3. shennequa -  July 11, 2012 - 4:21 pm

    Hey Justin bieber, could I have your phone number.

  4. Avery -  December 20, 2011 - 7:35 am

    All I can say is that this blog is gro seat!

  5. Iyre -  October 24, 2011 - 4:20 am

    …. *thinks he’s boring*…

    probably the best option for boys…

  6. carson -  July 6, 2011 - 12:54 pm

    hi justin i want to impess this girl and she is a big fan if you get a change e-mail

  7. Shannon -  February 17, 2011 - 7:52 pm

    the fit hits the shan

  8. boo boo : ) -  January 1, 2011 - 8:25 pm

    but a wunch of fazy crolks!

  9. Kate -  October 28, 2010 - 9:53 am

    Aww my name would be really cool spoonerized! (I hope i spelled that right…) Btw, why would the most famous guy under the age of 18 (this Justin kid) spend an odd amount of time on dictionary.com?? I doubt that’s really him.

  10. katrena -  October 6, 2010 - 6:22 pm

    justin bieber i would like u to talk to me on myspace because i love you and the way u sing also i want to call u and talk on the phone i love you so much i have alot of pic of u in my room if u see this writ me on myspace please i just want u to sing to me on my next brithday and also can u get me free pass to ur consert that is coming up in st.louis please i love you alot

    thanks baby boy i love you p,s my name is katrena by

  11. Quick -  September 9, 2010 - 1:18 pm

    It’s not really a spoonerism, but it’s along those lines. I was talking to my cousin in a mall about the bathroom, and I said uniral. I tried to correct myself a few times, but I couldn’t say it correctly. Finally, I shouted, “I mean URINAL!” Now it’s a joke, and I’ll say “I have to go unirate.”

  12. gaaraluvr4eva -  August 31, 2010 - 12:25 pm

    huck fim, Jupid Bustin Seiber.
    Re’s hetarted.

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  14. Andrew -  August 18, 2010 - 5:01 pm

    Huggy Bear once called Starsky and Hutch “Husky and Starch”

  15. Andrew -  August 18, 2010 - 4:56 pm

    I’m not going to do these for you…do them yourself, and laugh appropriately…

    “Long Beach”

    “Friar Tuck’s”

    I have MANY more, but those are two of my favorites :p

  16. decgem -  August 18, 2010 - 12:48 pm

    I still fondly refer to the X-Files protagonists as Mully and Sculder sometimes. Just rolls off the tongue!

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