Examples Help! What is the definition of Spoonerism?
How do you define Spoonerism? What is a Spoonerism? Plural: spoonerisms. The word derives from a man called the Reverend William Archibald Spooner (1844–1930), Warden of New College, Oxford. The Rev. Spooner was prone to a speech problem where he mixed up the first couple of letters of words, creating humorous sentences. One of the most famous spoonerisms which was attributed to him was when he reprimanded a student because he had 'hissed the mystery lectures' when he meant to say 'missed the history lectures'. Plural: spoonerisms. The definition of Spoonerism is as follows:
English Grammar & Terminology Definition of Spoonerism
Definition: A play on words in which corresponding consonants, vowels, or morphemes are switched
Example: 'hissed the mystery lectures' instead of 'missed the history lectures'.
Definition of Spoonerism
Examples - List of Spoonerisms
The following a list of Spoonerism examples:
Fighting a liar / lighting a fire
Flutterby / butterfly
You hissed my mystery lecture / you missed my history lecture
Cattle ships and bruisers / battle ships and cruisers
Nosey little cook / cosy little nook
A blushing crow / a crushing blow
Tons of soil / sons of toil
Our queer old Dean / our dear old Queen
We’ll have the hags flung out / we’ll have the flags hung out
Examples Help - Figures of Speech - Spoonerism
In Figurative Language we use words in such a way that they differ somewhat from ordinary every-day speech and convey meanings in a more vivid and impressive manner. Figures of speech, like Spoonerisms, make speech more humorous when used deliberately.
Examples Help! Using Spoonerism
Figures of speech such as Spoonerism adds exaggeration, and humour to the English language. This page providing facts and info about Figures of Speech will help with the understanding of this subject.
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