from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. 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.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A play on words on a phrase in which the initial (usually consonantal) sounds of two or more of the main words are transposed.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. transposition of initial consonants in a pair of words
After William Archibald Spooner (1844-1930), British cleric and scholar.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Named after the Reverend W. A. Spooner (1844-1930), who is supposed to have habitually made such slip-ups. (Wiktionary)