Tarp as a Shack – and not holding back
Have you ever switched parts of words and ended up with bass-ackward parts that sound like new words? If so, you have created spoonerisms, and you are not alone. One of my favorite public spoonerism stories is from the 30’s, when well known radio announcer Harry Von Zell accidentally spoonerized the president’s name by saying “Ladies and gentlemen, the President of the United States, Hoobert Heever.”
Sometimes ya just gotta roll with it. Feeling a little dain bread, but have a lot to do? Put on a fresh pot of coffee and peep klugging away. Be prepared to laugh.
I’ve done some of my best work when not exactly tarp as a shack. Perfectionism and high minded ideals have their uses, at some points in the process, but at other points they’re not as useful as they are pretty. Having a forgiving attitude and plugging away at flans in pocus will help you
rain from the bide rain from the gide.
You see, that what I really meant to say was “rain from the gide,” (gain from the ride) which proves my next point. Editing can happen later. Set aside perfectionism and self doubt, and doodle. Put some drafting action behind ideas, or, when polishing time comes, you’ll be up a peek without a craddle.
If the draft is in your pocket, you can always levise rater. A half wormed fish may turn into something wonderful, after some seasoning in the crock pot of life.
Everyone knows the saying, “life is not a dress rehearsal.” Accept that you can’t bold hack the years.
Pretending that any day is a dress rehearsal for the next big chance, if and when it comes, can set a person up for a lot of wasted costume changes. Here’s my secret of how to grow old gracefully: deet each gray, come what may.
Did I lose you? Here’s a list of the spoonerisms used in this post.
Hoobert Heever – Herbert Hoover
dain bread – brain dead
peep klugging – keep plugging
tarp as a shack – sharp as a tack
flans in pocus – plans in focus
rain from the gide – gain from the ride
up a peek without a craddle – up a creek without a paddle
levise rater – revise later
half wormed fish – half formed wish
bold hack – hold back
deet each gray – greet each day
And, in case you didn’t recognize the two headed critter I used in the image above, it’s a pushmi-pullyu (push me – pull you,) the eloquent two-headed animal created by Hugh Lofting for his Doctor Dolittle books. It first appeared in “The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle,” published in 1922. I love how just the idea of a pushmi-pullyu comes with very practical built-in questions on the line of “how does it work?”