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Les contrepèteries médicales : comment ouvrir la valve de l'humour

Abstract : Spoonerism appeared in the 16th century, thanks to Rabelais among others, but this art has mostly gained popularity since the beginning of the 20th century. Medecine is one of the favourite themes of spoonerism enthusiats. There are numerous types of spoonerisms, depending on the elements whose position are swapped within the sentence. The present study gives precious hints concerning how to solve and most of all how to invent medical spoonerisms. It deals with the comic aspect of spoonerism and delves on the importance of humour in our society as a means of dealing with suffering and bonding with people, this need for humour being acutely felt in medical and para medical circles. Medical spoonerism is thus an excellent outlet for the stress felt by health care professionals and patients alike. An anthology of medical spoonersims, some coming from specialised books, some being totally new, will enable neophytes to become familiar with the technique and give anuone so inclined the opportunity to test the sagacity of their friends and family, as well as their receptivity to humour.
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Sophie Madelaine-Favier. Les contrepèteries médicales : comment ouvrir la valve de l'humour. Sciences du Vivant [q-bio]. 2003. ⟨hal-01732759⟩



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