Of minor interest, at best

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Sun May 24 21:50:35 UTC 2009

That's *exactly* similar to my case! Do you also get the weird feeling
that, though you're thinking "kitchen," a nanosecond before you can
say it, it somehow gets overwritten by "chicken," leaving you
stuttering gibberish, because you know that "chicken isn't what you
want to say, but "kitchen" is simply gone.

All say, "How hard it is that we have to die"---a strange complaint to
come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
-Mark Twain

On Sat, May 23, 2009 at 4:04 PM, Laurence Horn <laurence.horn at yale.edu> wrote:
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> At 2:26 PM -0400 5/23/09, Wilson Gray wrote:
>>As I was nibbling on a slice of 137-grain bread, I observed to my wife:
>>"This bread is really country [k^ntSri]."
>>That wasn't what I was trying to observe. But, every time that I tried
>>to produce the correct word, I was able to say only "country."
>>Finally, I was able to get it right:
>>"This bread is really _crunchy_ [kr^ntSi]."
>>I truly hope that this isn't a harbinger of oncoming aphasia and is,
>>at worst, only a form of Spoonerism.
> I think it's related to a symptom of mine, "(in the) chicken" for
> "(in the) kitchen"
> LH
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