Sunday, March 20, 2005
Definitions for spoonerism
- The transposition of usually initial sounds in a pair of words.
- the transposition of initial or other sounds of words, usually by accident, as in a blushing crow for a crushing blow.
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Citations for spoonerism
"The fish will be sherved in the selter," announced Brigadier Miles, when the siren had completed its third ululation. "Hullo, a spoonerism! Don't often achieve a spoonerism."
Origin of spoonerism
Spoonerism is derived from the name of Reverend William Archibald Spooner, a scholar at New College in Oxford who was known for making such verbal slips. The term entered English around 1900.