- A phrase in which the initial (usually consonantal) sounds of two or more of the main words are accidentally transposed.
- The spoonerism "The queer old dean" (instead of "the dear old Queen") is attributed to Rev. Spooner.
Etymology: Named after the w:William Archibald Spooner, Reverend W. A. Spooner (1844-1930), who is supposed to have habitually made such slip-ups.
- French: contrepèterie
- German: Schí¼ttelreim
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