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Tuesday, May 18, 1999

Definitions for spoonerism

  1. The transposition of usually initial sounds in a pair of words.

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Citations for spoonerism
Some examples: ,
We all know what it is to have a half-warmed fish ["half-formed wish"] inside us. ,
Origin of spoonerism
1895-1900
Spoonerism comes from the name of the Rev. William Archibald Spooner (1844-1930), a kindly but nervous Anglican clergyman and educationalist. All the above examples were committed by (or attributed to) him.
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