Spoonerism

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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