Here are three lists of special kinds of words…. a diversion for our wordsmith followers.
Spoonerisms are slips of the tongue by transposing the sounds of words, usually by accident. (The term “spoonerism” is derived from W.A. Spooner (1844 – 1930), an English clergyman noted for such slips.)
- a lack of pieces – a pack of lies
- tips of the slung – slips of the tongue
- pleating and humming – heating and plumbing
- chilled grease – grilled cheese
- sparking pace – parking space
- chewing the doors – doing the chores
- clappy as a ham – happy as a clam
- wave the sails – save the whales
- tease my ears – ease my tears
- our queer old dean – our dear old Queen
Oxymorons are adjectives describing nouns of opposite meaning (such as a jumbo shrimp)
- virtual reality
- original copy
- old news
- act naturally
- pretty ugly
- constant variable
- exact estimate
- paid volunteers
- sound of silence
- only choice
Palindromes are words or sentences that read the same backward or forward.
- A nut for a jar of tuna.
- Borrow or rob?
- Do geese see God?
- Go hang a salami. I’m a lasagna hog.
- A man, a plan, a canal: Panama!
- We panic in a pew.
- Never odd or even.
- Are we not drawn onward, we few, drawn onward to new era?
- Madam in Eden, I’m Adam.
- Murder for a jar of red rum.
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