noun \ˈspü-nə-ˌri-zəm\

Definition of SPOONERISM

: a transposition of usually initial sounds of two or more words (as in tons of soil for sons of toil)

Examples of SPOONERISM

  1. the spoonerism “tons of soil” for “sons of toil”


William A. Spooner †1930 English clergyman & educator

First Known Use: 1900
Reproduced with thanks to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary.

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