[Ads-l] jammed pack

Mark Mandel markamandel at GMAIL.COM
Thu Feb 6 04:24:22 UTC 2020

One reason it stood out to me was that, unlike the original expression
"jam-packed", which flows smoothly in speech, the spoonerism takes
noticeable effort to pronounce, on account of the doubly heterorganic
cluster */mdp/*.


On Wed, Feb 5, 2020, 3:29 PM Geoffrey Nathan <geoffnathan at wayne.edu> wrote:

> This MIGHT be an example of a morpheme spoonerism. These do happen (I think
> there is a chapter in Vickie Fromkin’s old book on speech errors with some
> classic cases). I don’t have my copy any more, but not only did past tense
> and plural suffixes migrate to adjacent words, but sometimes you get
> weak past tense forms because of the moving morpheme.
> Or it could just be a goofy malapropism. Your mileage may vary…
> Geoff
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