Archive for the ‘Word exchanges’ Category

A Rhymes word exchange

February 26, 2016

Yesterday’s Rhymes With Orange, with a word exchange (also known as word reversal, word metathesis, and word-level spoonerism):

Here’s where the bodies are buried
–> Here’s where the berries are bodied

I’m not at all clear about the story unfolding here, but formally we’ve got a word exchange, occurring (in the world of this strip) as some kind of mistake; such things are reasonably common in real life, and so are word exchanges as a form of language play.


Viking Kids

January 18, 2016

Posted on Facebook yesterday, this entertaining composition:


The caption combines two kinds of word play on the original It takes a village to raise a child: a word exchange, of village and child; and a pun on raise / raze. And it alludes to the reputation of the Vikings as ravaging and pillaging as they move across the countryside.