September 21, 2005

The Baroness Album

A game I like in French, is to invert letters in a sentence in order to give a whole new meaning at what you ve just heard.

Les laborieuses *p*opulations du *C*ap.
The working populations of Cape Town.

If you take the p and exchange it for the C the sentence becomes:

Les laborieuses copulations du Pape.
The Pope's struggling shags.

Then you have thousands of possibilities,

Voulez vous faire une esca*lope* avec une belle sa*lade*?

Il n'y a plus de *c*andeur en *b*ourse.

Rien de plus triste qu'un ami *ch*ar*p*en*t*ier. (3 in one word!)

But I don't know any in English, and this is very sad, I really need to improve. Could anyone help me to better my practice of English?

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  1. How cool! What does 'il n'y a plus de candeur en bourse' work out to be though, and more importantly, what does it mean? I figured out the other ones you wrote in your blog. The only other one I've heard in French is that famous one by Rabelais: "Femme folle la Messe/Femme molle la fesse."

    This phenomenon is called a Spoonerism in English, named after a 19th century Oxford warden called William Spooner who was most famed for his alleged address to a student: "You have *h*issed all my *m*ystery lectures, and were caught *f*ighting a *l*iar in the quad. Having *t*asted two *w*orms, you will leave by the next *t*own *d*rain."

    I found some slightly ruder ones here

    21 Sep 2005, 18:57

  2. by David,

    hey nicolas your blog is really cool. i know one spoonerism in the form
    of a limerick:

    ethnologists up with the sioux,
    were down two punts one canoe.
    the answer next day,
    said two girls on the way,
    "but what on earth's a panoe?"


    27 Sep 2005, 17:18

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