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, accidentally spoken instead of the intended sentence you have missed the history lectures.
More 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.
early 20th century: named after the Rev. W. A. Spooner (1844–1930), an English scholar who reputedly made such errors in speaking.
Definition of spoonerism in:
- The British & World English dictionary