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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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