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noun 
  1. 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.
Translations: 
  • French: contrepèterie
  • German: Schí¼ttelreim
Etymology: Named after the w:William Archibald Spooner, Reverend W. A. Spooner (1844-1930), who is supposed to have habitually made such slip-ups.


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