Today we encountered this tongue twister:

Don't spring on the inner-spring this spring or there will be an offspring next spring

Is there any meaning of it? Or it's just a tongue twister without any meaning at all?

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    Sex tends to lead to pregnancy. And sex tends to occur on inner-spring mattresses (among other places). – Hot Licks May 26 '17 at 11:25
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    @HotLicks The only thing that is likely to confuse a native speaker about this is, IMO, the use of "inner spring" to mean mattress. Of course anyone reading this would understood what was meant by that word from context, but so far as I know no one uses "inner spring" standalone to mean mattress. – Dan Bron May 26 '17 at 12:28
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    The "pun" doesn't really work anyway, because pregnancy lasts 9 months. That's 3 out of 4 seasons, so the offspring should arrive in winter, not next spring. – FumbleFingers May 26 '17 at 13:01
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    "Don't jump on the mattress this spring or there will be a child next year." – Hellion May 26 '17 at 18:49
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    If the offspring arrives next winter there will still (barring tragedy) "be an offspring next spring". Once they spring up, offspring tend to stick around for at least eighteen years, which is why you have to be careful not to spring them on yourself until you're ready. – 1006a Jun 1 '17 at 19:52

inner-springs and sexual reference

Cosmo Kama Sutra The Sex Deck: 99 Sex Positions That’ll Blow Your Mind

page 344 google books

... relentless, scoring hit after hit, until your coccyx has intimate knowledge of all 498 inner springs, If the anguish becomes unbearable you only recourse is to fake a resounding orgasm.

The most likely sense is to sex, and that it can lead to ... pregnancy!


"Inner-spring" refers to the American term inner spring mattress. The other words are self-explanatory.

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