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Today’s Rhymes With Orange:

A Spoonerism for playful purposes, based on the expression (a) person of interest, and using the name of the software tool Pinterest.

On person of interest, from Wikipedia.

“Person of interest” is a term used by U.S. law enforcement when identifying someone involved in a criminal investigation who has not been arrested or formally accused of a crime. It has no legal meaning, but refers to someone in whom the police are “interested”, either because the person is cooperating with the investigation, may have information that would assist the investigation, or possesses certain characteristics that merit further attention.

While terms such as suspect, target, and material witness have clear and sometimes formal definitions, person of interest remains undefined by the U.S. Department of Justice. Unsub is a similar term which is short for “unknown subject” (used often, for example, in the TV show Criminal Minds). Person of interest is sometimes used as a euphemism for suspect [as in the cartoon], and its careless use may encourage trials by media.

On Pinterest, see the Wikipedia page and the company’s website.

And on Spoonerisms, see my posting of 12/6/13 on “Classical Spoonerism”, where I note that “inadvertent word-part transpositions are rare” [but they do occur], while “Intentional — playful — word-part transpositions are extremely common, and so are inadvertent whole-word transpositions”. Links in that posting.

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