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Why do I talk like this sometimes? (Please see details)

Asked by NostalgicChills (2787points) December 29th, 2011

Sometimes when I talk, I’ll switch the first letters of two words with each other. For example, rather than saying Barnes and Nobles, sometimes it will come out as Narnes and Boble. Or sometimes, I’ll even switch the entire word with another entire word. I’m not dyslexic, but is it possible that this is a certain kind of dyslexia?

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JLeslie's avatar

I don’t know, but when my girlfriend Gina married Tim, the Priest throughout the wedding called them Tina and Jim! He knew he was screwing it up, he kept correcting himself, it was funny.

NostalgicChills's avatar

That’s quite funny actually. XD

emeraldisles's avatar

This sounds cute. At least you don’t start talking in a British accent. I literally start doing that without even noticing .

smilingheart1's avatar

My son-in-law’s name is Chad, daughter’s name is Kerry. You guessed it. I and others sometimes get tongue tied and call them Cad & Cherry.

CaptainHarley's avatar

If you can control it, it’s a great way to get some chuckles, but if you can’t control it, then I would see a psychologist about it. I sometimes do that myself, but only in an effort to make people laugh.

Mariah's avatar

Those are called spoonerisms, and I think everyone does it now and then. I sure do!

XOIIO's avatar

Mild dislexia? XD

bongo's avatar

I do it too, its not dyslexia at all. It is more mind laziness.

LostInParadise's avatar

Spoonerisms are sometimes deliberately used for comedic purposes. NPR used to broadcast Duck’s Breath Mystery Theater, which had one guy who would give a monologue full of them. The only one I remember is when he referred to Clarence Thomas as a white ringer.

PhiNotPi's avatar

Eventually, the more you pronounce the words wrong, you eventually get used to saying it wrong and it becomes a habit. This may be what happened. You mispronounced a phrase too often, and you eventually made it a habit.

morphail's avatar

It’s not dyslexia since it happens when you’re talking, not writing.

It’s a kind of disfluency called spoonerism. Everyone does it to some extent.

gailcalled's avatar

Made famous by the Reverend William Archibald Spooner; Source

“Three cheers for our queer old dean!” (dear old queen, referring to Queen Victoria)

“Is it kisstomary to cuss the bride?” (customary to kiss)

“The Lord is a shoving leopard.” (a loving shepherd)

“A blushing crow.” (crushing blow)

“A well-boiled icicle” (well-oiled bicycle)

“You were fighting a liar in the quadrangle.” (lighting a fire)

“Is the bean dizzy?” (dean busy)

“Someone is occupewing my pie. Please sew me to another sheet.” (occupying my pew…show me to another seat)

“You have hissed all my mystery
lectures. You have tasted a whole worm. Please leave Oxford on the next town drain.” (missed…history, wasted…term, down train)

A newspaper column
attributes this additional example to Spooner: “A nosey little cook.” (cozy little nook).

Esedess's avatar

I wouldn’t go as far to say I’m actually dyslexic, but occasionally I do things like that, although more-so in writing… I once read a door marked “Control Booth” as “Birth Control”... =J
I chalk it up to subconscious thoughts, imaginative pattern recognition, something I call selective reading, and the experimental method in which my elementary school taught me spelling, called “Creative Spelling”. (Yes, it’s what it sounds like… And yes, it jacked me up! lol)
Now, years later, I have a sign hanging in my hallway that reads,
“Bad spellers of the world, UNTIE!”

NostalgicChills's avatar

I have tears running down my face from laughing so hard at those. xD
Thanks everyone!

Roby's avatar

I do this a lot on’s fun. I just don’t do it in regular conversations.

DaphneT's avatar

I do it when I’m tired and still need to say whatever needs to be said quickly, so I trip over the words. It’s like I see the words coming but I’m looking at the beginning of the next word while trying to say the first one, so combine and reorder the two.

@gailcalled lmao!

choreplay's avatar

My brother and I used to go around saying the other had dain bramage and than have a hard time changing back.

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