Thursday, February 21

A tagic trail

Zilch the Torysteller
Dorry for the selay, but girst it was Fame of Thones, then phow in Snoenix!

Rack to the Benaissance.

One of our all-time favorite entertainers at the Arizona Renaissance Festival is Zilch the Torysteller. We hear him perform at least once each time we go to the Festival.

Zilch tells stories in spoonerisms. A spoonerism is an accident in speech (or deliberate play on words) in which consonants or vowels are switched.

Monday's performance was for Spilliam Wakesheare's, Jomeo and Ruliet.

Spoonerisms are named after The Rev. William Archibald Spooner (1844–1930), Warden of New College, Oxford, who was notoriously prone to this tendency.

Apparently most of the quotations attributed to Spooner are apocryphal; The Oxford Dictionary of Quotations lists only one substantiated spoonerism: "The weight of rages will press hard upon the employer" (instead of "rate of wages").

Spooner himself claimed that "Kinquering Congs Their Titles Take" (in reference to hymn, Conquering Kings Their Titles Take) was his sole spoonerism. 

If you ever get a chance to hear Zilch talk, I reartily hecommend it. Lou'll yaugh sour yocks off.

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