suggestive names

Benjamin Zimmer bgzimmer at BABEL.LING.UPENN.EDU
Sat Jun 10 21:28:19 UTC 2006

On 6/10/06, Laurence Horn <laurence.horn at> wrote:
> >Another good example is the chain of bars "Fuddpuckers".
> >
> cf. "You ain't so muckin' fuch."  I guess metathesis is a common form
> of disingenuous taboo avoidance...

Wikipedia's list of spoonerisms includes many more:

Some might consider it more clever when the spoonerization results in
actual words, as in  "holy shucking fit". There's also "Cunning
Stunts", which has been used as an album title by at least three bands
(Caravan in 1975, The Cows in 1991, and Metallica in 1998).

--Ben Zimmer

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