Spoonerisms for fun

Over on ADS-L, Gerald Cohen and Joel Berson have been enjoying recollections of Shel Silverstein’s Runny Babbit: A Billy Sook (2005). Delightful childish pleasure in the (intentional) transposition of syllable onsets (or, sometimes, just the syllable-initial consonants):

More from the HarperCollins site:

Runny Babbit lent to wunch
And heard the saitress way,
“We have some lovely stabbit rew —
Our Special for today.”

Welcome to the world of Runny Babbit and his friends Toe Jurtle, Skertie Gunk, Rirty Dat, Dungry Hog, Snerry Jake, and many others who speak a topsy-turvy language all their own.

And from the book:

Great fun to read to kids, or to have them read to you.


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