American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth 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.
- 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.
- n. transposition of initial consonants in a pair of words
- Named after the Reverend W. A. Spooner (1844-1930), who is supposed to have habitually made such slip-ups. (Wiktionary)
- After William Archibald Spooner (1844-1930), British cleric and scholar. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“This is curious, for it seems, on the evidence of those who knew him best, that the spoonerism was a verbal felicity which he did not perpetrate.”
“He looked particularly fetching dressed up as the "Gairy Fodmother" in a Canterbury convent's "spoonerism" Halloween party.”
“The only spoonerism which is possibly authentic comes in his announcement of a hymn as "Kinkering kongs.”
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“I'd like you to write a riddle starting: What's the difference between - in which the answer involves a spoonerism.”
“You know a spoonerism is when interchange consonant sounds.”
“I'd like you to write a riddle starting: What's the difference between, in which the answer involves a spoonerism.”
“I asked you to write a riddle starting with what's the different between in which the answer involves a spoonerism, where you interchange the initial consonant sounds of two words.”
“You gave us a challenge last week, which we haven't had one of these in the while, the spoonerism.”
“Can you briefly just explain the spoonerism conceit?”
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