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Examples of spoonerism in a Sentence
the spoonerism “tons of soil” for “sons of toil”
Recent Examples of spoonerism from the Web
Tariffs have consistently retained broad global support despite the spoonerism.
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Did You Know?
Poor William Archibald Spooner! That British clergyman and educator, who lived from 1844 to 1930, often had to speak in public, but he was a nervous man and his tongue frequently got tangled up. He would say things like "a blushing crow" when he meant "a crushing blow." Spooner's letter reversals became the stuff of legend-and undoubtedly gave his listeners many a laugh. By1900 his name had inspired the term spoonerism, which lives on to this day.
SPOONERISM Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of spoonerism for English Language Learners
: a humorous mistake in which a speaker switches the first sounds of two or more words
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