Word Ways


Don Hauptman


It isn't often that spoonerisms are in the news. But this past May, one made headlines nationally. A New Brunswick, New Jersey, bar owner won a prolonged legal battle over the right to call his establishment Buck Foston. The city, objecting to the name (which refers to the rivalry between the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox) denied him a liquor license. A jury decided that his First Amendment rights had been violated and awarded him $1.5 million.

All this trouble for a nonsensical spoonerism! We can do better.