Wednesday, December 16, 2015

The Greatest Display of Spoonerisms: Rindercella

"Rindercella" by Archie Campbell

It occurs to the Bear that his readers may not be familiar with the term "spoonerism" that he referenced in his Free Speech post. An example is "The Lord is a shoving leopard."

It was named after Reverend William Archibald Spooner, who was prone to mis-speak in this fashion. He said things like "the kinkering congs their titles take, (conquering kings their titles take) and "three cheers for our queer old dean" (dear old queen).

In Free Speech, the Bear slipped in "these are mublic patters by fublic pigures." (He wonders if anyone got it.) Really funny spoonerisms are incredibly difficult to come up with.

Perhaps the most famous example of spoonerism is Archie Campbell's performance of "Rindercella" on the television show Hee Haw. Hee Haw was a country comedy-variety show that was vastly entertaining to us rural folk. Think Laugh In among cornfields. It ran an incredible 25 seasons on the strength of a huge variety of recurring skits and the musicianship of amazing picker Roy Clark. 

If you like, you can hear Archie Campbell do "Rindercella." It's more cute than knee-slapping hilarious, but the Bear would be derelict in his duties if he did not provide this cultural milestone to his loyal readers. We need all the diversions we can get these days.


  1. I haven't heard that in almost 50 years! It brings back some very happy memories, oddly enough. Thank you!

  2. Bear, sentence above shoul read "was vastly entertaining to us rural folks", as you would not say "was vastly entertaining to we".

    1. Thanks. Us rural folk sometimes make mistakes like that.

  3. I haven't thought of Rindercella for a looong time now, but I do definitely remember it. We saw HeeHaw a few months ago and watched it with happiness and a bit of sadness too! Many of us miss our happier era. I love spoonerisms unless I inadvertently create them.


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