A word or phrase created by swapping the initial letters (or first consonant sounds) of two words or syllables to get a new word word or phrase. The spelling doesn't have to be correct, only the pronounciation is important. The term "spoonerism" was named after Reverend W.A. Spooner (1844-1930).
Not to be confused with anagram
s, and other word games.
- "Peas and carrots" is a spoonerism of "keys and parrots"
- "tea bags" becomes "bee tags"
- "trail mix" becomes "mail tricks"
- "Save the whales" becomes "wave the sails"
- "forearm" becomes "oar farm"
Transposing the letters of two words to form new ones.
Usually done when you are talking faster than your brain can keep up with.
An unfortunate spoonerism:
The gymnasts displayed some cunning stunts.
When the spellings/pronounciation of a sentance move around slightly.
Let us drink to the dear old queen!
Let us drink to the queer old dean!
A humourous phrase where the first letters of 2 parts are reversed. Named after Rev. Spooner.
"This way Madam, and I'll sew you to your sheets" (= show you to your seats).
- the unintentional transportation of sounds or of parts of words in speaking
Transposing inappropriate begginnings on two different words.
Jordan made the ultimate spoonerism today when he said, "They were ligging the erections."
the transposition of initial or other sounds of words, usually by accident
Best done by artist Bruce Nauman in his light installation
"Run from Fear, Fun From Rear"