Further Antedating of "Spoonerism"

John Doe hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Sun Dec 29 22:11:01 UTC 2013

On Thu, Dec 26, 2013 at 5:50 AM, Stephen Goranson <goranson at duke.edu> wrote:

> "Excuse me, but you are occupewing my pie."

A variant that I read somewhere (Readers Digest; Collier's?), somewhen

"Mardon me, padam, but you are occupewing my pie."

The source also supplied,

"Good ladies, evening and gentlemen of the audio radiance!"

Supposedly spoken by Harry von Zell (sp?), or some other Don
Pardo-equivalent of the day, on his first day at the mike.

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

The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

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