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Strong/strange verbs and spoonerisms (wasRE:Ungrammaticalization?)

From:Nik Taylor <fortytwo@...>
Date:Monday, July 19, 1999, 22:41
John Cowan wrote:
> Naah. Sorry, but naah. The Spoo (as his students called him) > never delivered a spoonerism in his life, as far as anyone knows.
Then if that's so, why did his name become attached to that error, and why do people believe he made so many? I can understand some of the more famous ones being embellishments, but surely he must've made *some* to have his name attached to them. -- "[H]e axed after eggys: And the goode wyf answerde, that she coude not speke no Frenshe ... And then at last a nother sayd that he woulde haue hadde eyren: then the goode wyf sayd that she vnderstood hym wel." -- William Caxton ICQ: 18656696 AIM Screen-Name: NikTailor