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Monday, April 15, 2002

spoonerism

\SPOO-nuh-riz-uhm\ , noun;
1.
The transposition of usually initial sounds in a pair of words.
Quotes:
Some examples:
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We all know what it is to have a half-warmed fish ["half-formed wish"] inside us.
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A well-boiled icicle ["well-oiled bicycle"].
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It is kisstomary to cuss ["customary to kiss"] the bride.
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Is the bean dizzy ["dean busy"]?
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When the boys come back from France, we'll have the hags flung out ["flags hung out"]!
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Let me sew you to your sheet ["show you to your seat"].
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Origin:
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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