But laugh I did yesterday when one of their readers pointed out: “Before Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt tie the knot, have they considered what a Spoonerism will do to their daughter, Shiloh?”
Spoonerisms are always best when uttered unintentionally and even better when an innocent phrases morphs into something rude. Like when James Naughtie got himself into a fix over Jeremy Hunt, the Culture Secretary:
That was made all the funnier because Andrew Marr managed to repeat the exact same unfortunate slip only an hour later on Start the Week.
There are certain phrases you need to careful with in everyday conversation — fits and starts for example, or even popcorn — but it seems we are more prone to Spoonerisms when under pressure.
Like the armed robber in America who burst into the bank wearing a ski-mask and waving a gun shouting: “Hands up motherstickers! This is a f***-up!” (An urban legend, I know, but I couldn’t resist it.)
But the one that gets me every time is this popular breakfast cereal. I do wish Mrs P would switch to another brand.
I had thought of ending with this Spoonerish version of Cinderlla, but we’ve had enough crudity for now, so I’ll leave the last (mangled) word to Ronnie Barker.