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"They still know what we've forgotten..." The Emerald Forest

THE GREAT SHAKE

HOMERS have occurred ever since man began to play around with words. In Taming of the Shrew, Shakespeare (How much does a shake spear?  - see ALPHA BETS™) writes, "THE OATS HAVE EATEN THE HORSES".  As you can see, this type of HOMER, also known as a Metathesis, transposes words or syllables in a sentence.  

SHADES OF GREY'S ANATOMY
Another similar type of HOMER was popularized by the medical profession around the Civil War (different sources claim England). Doctors, who weren't all that "civil" during this time period, began operating on words. These MEDICAL GREEKS transplant the initials of words. "Poke  a smipe" (smoke a pipe) and "flutter by"  (butterfly) are good examples of "doctoring" jokes or jokes by doctors. Since they continually worried about which end was up, (What's Up Doc?) this art of GREEKING, "verb"ally abused the language and was also known as MARROWSKYING. It became quite popular with this profession that gets paid for pulling a boner and at the same time pulling your leg. There are other articles on the web (as well as more in our other DT pages) that discuss Marrowskying, Spoonerisms, etc., and history of the word plays in more detail. Click here for one of them that we found interesting .

Homers

Mirth Shakes and Medical Greek Cures
Spooners ... and Ways to Feed a Baby
Won Liners
Grand Slammers - DT Movies of the Weak
Gold"wyners" - Goldy Locks and Bagels
Frost's Crosses or Frost Burns
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