September 26, 2008

Palin Comparison

Okay, keeping in mind I think both presidential candidates are atrocious, and I have no real opinion about Sarah Palin beyond the fact I think it would be fun to do her, I've recently been noticing an odd phenomenon regarding her name and the name of her family members.

There's a linguistic anomaly called a spoonerism, which basically takes two words and transposes the first one or or two letters. Thus, a "sink by the door" becomes a "dink by the soor." Or, "take a shit" becomes "shake a tit." My grandfather was a legendary fan of spoonerisms. He was always talking about "stoing to the gore" and "dalking the wog." One of his favorites had to do with a local townsperson named "Denis" and his pickup--and he was particularly gleeful when Denis put his "pickup in the ditch."

ANYHOOOOoooooooo. My grandfather passed on his penchant for spoonerisms to my mother, who in turn passed it on to me, and it was for that reason that I realized, earlier this week:

- Sarah Palin = Parah Salin. I honestly don't know if she enjoys parasailing or not, but she should.

- Trig Palin = Pig Tralin. Why he would want to trail pigs, I have no idea.

- Bristol Palin = Pistol Bralin. Because guns should be accessible to the blind, too.

- Track Palin = Pack Tralin. A prepared hiker, if ever there was one.

- Willow Palin = Pillow Walin. For those tough and crying times after a boy dumps you.

- Todd Palin = Podd Talin. Which pods he may be tailing, I have no clue.

- Piper Palin = Well, this one is spoonerism-proof, much like my own name.

Posted by Ryan at September 26, 2008 09:18 AM | TrackBack


Posted by: Donna at September 26, 2008 08:52 PM

The lady does have a propensity for goofy names, doesn't she? What kind of a name is Trig? My favorite spooneresque-ism (I think I learned them as malaprops) is "I'd rather have a bottle in front of me than a frontal lobotomy". No, not quite a spoonerism but damned funny anyway.

Posted by: Erik at September 29, 2008 04:25 PM

Ryan, you have WAAAYYYY too much time on your hands!

Posted by: Autumn at October 3, 2008 05:29 PM
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