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spoonerism

Line breaks: spoon¦er|ism
Pronunciation: /ˈspuːnərɪz(ə)m
 
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Definition of spoonerism in English:

noun

A verbal error in which a speaker accidentally transposes the initial sounds or letters of two or more words, often to humorous effect, as in the sentence you have hissed the mystery lectures.
Example sentences
  • The best-known of these are the sound transpositions called spoonerisms.
  • Malapropisms and spoonerisms add colour to language.
  • They speak in spoonerisms and malapropisms and put forward bizarre concepts and beliefs.

Origin

early 20th century: named after the Revd W. A. Spooner (1844–1930), an English scholar who reputedly made such errors in speaking.

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