Results 1 to 5 of 5
  1. Member
    Academic
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Turkish
      • Home Country:
      • Iran
      • Current Location:
      • Iran

    • Join Date: Jan 2016
    • Posts: 201
    #1

    Question Slip of the tongue

    Hi

    Is the following one an example of slip of the tongue?

    "A lamb of leg and a ten-pound dog of bag food"

  2. emsr2d2's Avatar
    Moderator
    English Teacher
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • UK

    • Join Date: Jul 2009
    • Posts: 44,787
    #2

    Re: Slip of the tongue

    Yes and no. It's unlikely that someone would say that accidentally, which is really the definition of a slip of the tongue - an accidental spoken error. However, if you are sure they didn't do it on purpose, you could call it that.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

  3. Editor, UsingEnglish.com
    English Teacher
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • Laos

    • Join Date: Nov 2002
    • Posts: 60,670
    #3

    Re: Slip of the tongue

    It is two slips of the tongue and, as Emsr2d2 says, unlikely to be natural speech. However, I can't see that this is a joke, which would be the logical conclusion. If it is meant to be funny, then maybe the person telling it should hold on to any day job they have.

  4. Skrej's Avatar
    Key Member
    English Teacher
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States

    • Join Date: May 2015
    • Posts: 2,597
    #4

    Re: Slip of the tongue

    I would call it more of a Spoonerism than a slip of the tongue.
    Wear short sleeves! Support your right to bare arms!

  5. emsr2d2's Avatar
    Moderator
    English Teacher
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • UK

    • Join Date: Jul 2009
    • Posts: 44,787
    #5

    Re: Slip of the tongue

    That was my first thought but Spoonerisms involve only swapping the first letter of two words in a sentence, with the words with the transposed first letter still being words.

    I went to work on the town drain.
    You have hissed the mystery lecture.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

Similar Threads

  1. slip
    By unpakwon in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 08-Jan-2012, 18:33
  2. To slip someone the tongue
    By Chicken Sandwich in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 06-Jul-2011, 19:08
  3. a slip of the tongue
    By ostap77 in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 16-Dec-2010, 16:13
  4. ...let it slip...
    By Ju in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 22-Nov-2006, 19:42
  5. Slip
    By cleung in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 08-Jul-2006, 01:26

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •