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Posts tagged #lox
Super Nova, Infamous, P.Syce (SoReal Ent.) FreeStyle
ADDING POTATO CRISPS TO SMOKED SALMON MAKES MY MOUTH WATER. WHEN I CHIP MY LOX, I LICK MY CHOPS. What’s so funny about this? This spoonerism came about pretty quickly and easily after watching Scooter, my dog, and the hero of these What’s So Funny? audioboos. He had come into the kitchen to watch my wife and me prepare lunch, which must have smelled pretty good to him. I hadn’t seen him enter the room, but all of a sudden I heard this licking sound coming from near the entrance to the kitchen from the hallway. There was ol’ Scooter, licking his chops and looking up at us, as if to say, “Hey, what’s for lunch?” Once I had the phrase, LICKED HIS CHOPS then it was a natural to jump to CHIPPED HIS LOX. At first I thought about a lock as in “lock and key” and tried to figure out how it could get chipped if dropped. Then I thought about a lock in a canal, which is the wooden gate that closes behind and in front of a boat after which the water rises and lifts the boat to the next level of the canal. Finally, I thought of a lock of hair, and possibly of Samson, or even Bob Marley and his dreadlocks. I was stuck on how to “chip” these things, when it hit me. I realized that the word had to be plural, that is “locks”, to make an accurate spoonerism. Now it was tougher than ever because I had to chip many locks. But then I thought of the other spelling of locks which I had been spelling l-o-c-k-s. That other spelling is l-o-x, which is another name for cured, smoked salmon. The rest was easy, because in English you can turn any noun into a verb, just by dropping the article and placing the word in the right spot in a sentence. So I had the word chip, which usually means to break away small pieces of something hard. But a potato chip is American English for potato crisp in England. I turned this chip into a transitive verb by placing it before its object, namely lox. When you chip lox, you’re adding chips to lox, creating a very salty breakfast, which some people love to do. BTW, how do we know that Bob Marley hated smoked or cured salmon? He once sang, “I dread lox.” And that’s WHAT’s so funny!