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Norm Crosby and others were famous for switching adjacent letters in their stories.

More recently the Political Parody Singers, the Capitol Steps have used this age told technique.

Does anyone know of the name of this type of comedy?

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It's called a spoonerism, "the accidental or deliberate transposition of initial letters etc. of two or more words" from the OED. Named after Revd. W. A. Spooner. My favourite line that uses this technique (and a bit more): "I got my tang so toungled I couldn't stalk traight many or."

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Fart smella (fart smeller) is a spoonerism for smart fella. You could say,"Well you seem like quite the fart smella, I mean smart fella."

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P.S. I'm not sure who made that one up.
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I always liked "The President of the United States— Mr. Hoobert Heever."

And the inevitable quote from a "high White Horse souse."

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Spoonerism: Named after Rev. William Archibald Spooner (died, 1930) of New College, Oxford, who was notorious for inadvertently switching syllables (he never found it funny!)

The "Hoobert Heever" reference was a spoonerism made by NBC's Ben Grauer on radio at Hoover's inauguration in 1929. Grauer tried about four times to get Hoover's name right and finally gave up, saying: "Ladies and gentlemen, your announcer has been Ben Grauer. Remember that name; you may never hear it again."

In fact, Grauer continued with NBC for many years as a top announcer on radio.

(Consider this a double blow for Peter's House of Useless Knowledge!)
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My dad told us all about spoonerisms when we were kids. His favorite was when Spooner supposedly introduced the Queen of England... "Ladies and gentleman, our queer old dean (dear old queen)..."

Another one is "A well-boiled icicle" instead of "A well-oiled bicycle".
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There is a story that an English newsreader got "Kentish countryside" wrong but because he was a pro he just kept going leaving watchers saying "did he say what I think he said?"
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The great Jack Benny ended up using a spoonerism quite by accident on one radio show when he called a person Dreer Pooson. The person's name was actually Drew Pearson. He thought it was so funny that for several radio shows later there would be a small reference to Dreer Pooson somewhere in the show! That man was a genius!
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Personally I think that spoonerisms are much better when the resulting sentence still contains actual words. Here are a few that make sense (attributed to Rev. Spooner himself):

You've tasted two worms— you've wasted two terms
We'll have the hags flung out— we'll have the flags hung out
Is the bean dizzy?— is the Dean busy?

And here is a list for us magicians.
A Cack of Pards:

Two of Hearts— Who of tarts?
Four of Hearts— *** of farts
Eight of Hearts— Hate of Arts
Ten of Hearts— Hen of tarts
Ace of Spades— Space of aids
Four of Spades— Spore of fades
Eight of Spades— Spate of AIDS
Four of Diamonds— Door of fireman's
Five of Diamonds— Dive of fireman's
Six of Diamonds— Dicks of Simon's
Two of Clubs— Clue of tubs
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If I remember right, old Archie Campbell, from the Hee Haw show, came out in the 50's with this sort of stuff and made his most famous record of "Rindercella" or Cinderella. He was a master of the "spooner" and made his living doing that kind of comedy.
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I started a Spoonerism page a while back.

You can find it HERE!!!
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And I thought I was just experiencing veja do! Er, you know what I sighed to tray...

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Harris,

My pedantic nature has the better of me.

Norm Crosby was famous for malapropism, not spoonerism.

Quote:
from Merriam Webster Online:

'ma-l&-"prä-"pi-z&m

1 : the usually unintentionally humorous misuse or distortion of a word or phrase; especially : the use of a word sounding somewhat like the one intended but ludicrously wrong in the context


An example of Norm's malapropisms from shtick.org

Quote:
Apparently there has been some sort of excommunication here on the InterNest. And I'm glad you brought this to my detention.


Hilarious, no matter what you call it.

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I have a fiend who most always leaves massages on my swearing machine in igpay atinlay.

Go ahead, you rammer ghosts....correct that one!
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I have done Harry Potter shows at the local borders for every book release and always open with spoonerism of his name "Parry Hotter" and pretend that someone has put a spell on my tongue and the kids love it. From there I go on to all kinds of mispronunciations "Larry Motter"... etc... you get the idea. And the kids just keep laughing.
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That's a great idea Barusky! I tried to get a booking at a local Barnes and Noble for the release of the new book. Unfortunately they were doing everything in house. Smile No entertainment Smile How sad.
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My favorite is the Yankee Doodle song:

Dankee Yoodle tent two wown,
Diding on a Ronkey
Huck a steather in his fat,
and malled it cacaroni!

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This was my dad's favorite which he could only say after a few liquid refreshments

Twarkle Twarkle little fink
Who the heck you are I think.
Honest ossifer, I am not under the affluence of incolhol
I'm not a thrunk as some people dreep I am,
I only had tea martoonees ahoot a bour ago. Smile
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