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Re: Strong/strange verbs and spoonerisms (was RE:Ungrammaticalization?)

From:John Cowan <cowan@...>
Date:Monday, July 19, 1999, 15:35
Nik Taylor wrote:

> My favorite is when he made a toast "to our queer dean", instead of "to > our dear queen"; and yes, the dean was rumored to be gay.
Naah. Sorry, but naah. The Spoo (as his students called him) never delivered a spoonerism in his life, as far as anyone knows. All that about "You have deliberately tasted two worms [wasted two terms] and may leave Oxford by the town drain [down train, i.e. train departing Oxford]" is mere folk process. -- John Cowan Schlingt dreifach einen Kreis um dies! / Schliesst euer Aug vor heiliger Schau, Denn er genoss vom Honig-Tau / Und trank die Milch vom Paradies. -- Coleridge / Politzer