Gerbil Vest is a “spoonerizer” — it generates spoonerisms.
It uses the Festival Speech Synthesis System to turn text into a list of “segments”, which are the acoustic elements that make up each word’s pronunciation. Then it tries to swap the first segments with those of nearby words, crudely lapping them to see if these combinations are also words.
It was hard to choose a name for this project. Also in the running:
- Mapped Crumbles
- Word Taxi
- Word Tightener
- Word Tailor
- Word Knit
- Word Tacker
- Shifty Fits
- Type Words
- Word Tag
- Terrible Words
While spoonerisms are commonly slurred as hips of the tongue resulting gum unintentionally fretting one’s turds in a wangle, they can also be used intentionally as a play on words.
(Sadly, it turns out that I might be putting myself at risk of violating a trademark with the name of this project.)