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A transposition of sounds of two or more words, especially a ludicrous one, such as Let me sew you to your sheet for Let me show you to your seat.

[After William Archibald Spooner (1844-1930), British cleric and scholar.]


(Linguistics) the transposition of the initial consonants or consonant clusters of a pair of words, often resulting in an amusing ambiguity of meaning, such as hush my brat for brush my hat
[C20: named after W. A. Spooner (1844–1930), English clergyman renowned for slips of this kind]


(ˈspu nəˌrɪz əm)

the transposition of initial or other sounds of words, as in a blushing crow for a crushing blow.
[1895–1900; after W. A. Spooner (1844–1930), English clergyman noted for such slips]


the transposition of initial or other sounds of words, usually by accident, as “queer dean” for “dear Queen.” [After the Rev. W. A. Spooner, 1844-1930, noted for such slips.] — spoonerize, v.
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The unintentional, often ludicrous, transposition of the opening sounds of two or more words, as in “tons of soil” instead of “sons of toil;” named for W.A. Spooner (1844–1930), an English clergyman renowned for doing this.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.spoonerism - transposition of initial consonants in a pair of words
slip of the tongue - an accidental and usually trivial mistake in speaking


[ˈspuːnərɪzəm] Ntrastrueque m verbal, trastrueque m de palabras


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She turn some cooking an hour Hence the arrival last night of The Big Family Cooking Showdown, which is not only a potentially vulgar spoonerism waiting to happen to some poor BBC announcer but also a pretty sly Bake Off spoiler.
The transposition of letters in Marcus's name could be interpreted as a revealing slip of the tongue, a spoonerism, but one performed consciously, to both acknowledge the morbid specters that haunt all talk of painting and to get them out of the way.
A spoonerism is a transposition--typically of the initial sounds of two or more words--and it is named after a man who became well known for making such verbal slips.
His avuncular manner and penchant for the occasional spoonerism endeared him to football fans, for if ever there was a man who wore his heart on his sleeve, it was he.
I lovE | abitof spoonerism me - which, if you didn't know, is when people "p**spronounce their worms".
I LOVE | a bit of spoonerism me - which, if you didn't know, is when people 'p**spronounce their worms'.
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A miscontrusion (Congressman Joe Barton's Spoonerism, not mine)?
Yet it seems Betfair's feather pluckers - yes, it's quite a neat Spoonerism - haven't mastered their craft, based on the relentless hissing from geese who have been told that the golden eggs they hatched have suddenly shot up in price.
In addition to the spoonerism and reversed words, (Plato doesn't care for words like Bob, noon, etc.
There are thousands of common words derived from the names of real and fictional people: Spoonerism, Rackmanism, Draconian, Pasteurize.