Quote: There but for the grace of God go I

Charles C Doyle cdoyle at UGA.EDU
Sat Jun 21 13:31:49 UTC 2014

Speaking of names and spoonerisms (in this case, an artistically-crafted one):  Somebody--WHO?--is said to have exclaimed to the famous dictionary maker, "Mr. Funk, you're a prink!"


Poster:       Laurence Horn 

And supposedly it was Churchill, somewhat later, who adapted this to

"There but for the grace of God goes God".

referring to Sir Stafford Cripps, who is otherwise mostly remembered for the on-air spoonerism rendering him "Sir Stifford Crapps".

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