Great Horned Spoon/Moon

Michael Quinion editor at WORLDWIDEWORDS.ORG
Fri Nov 30 17:26:50 UTC 2001

Many thanks, Barry, for your research and your suggestion of
"horned moon" as a possible linked term.  (May I also take this
opportunity of publicly thanking everybody who has contributed
thoughts on the origins of this odd expression? My subscriber will
have plenty to chew on.)

>  Perhaps "horned spoon" is a spoonerism for "horned moon"?

No, surely, a spoonerism would be "morned hoon", a poetic reference
to an Australian lout caught by the rising sun ...

Michael Quinion
Editor, World Wide Words
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