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A language slip where the two sounds of words are swapped in a word or [[sentence]] which create a new, often amusing one.
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A language slip where the two sounds of words are swapped in a word or [[sentence]] which create a new, coherent and often amusing one.
  
 
eg. Let me [[sew]] you into your [[sheet]] = Let me show you into your seat
 
eg. Let me [[sew]] you into your [[sheet]] = Let me show you into your seat
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The term was named after [[William Archibald Spooner]], and although he was born [[out of period]], we can be fairly certain that spoonerisms would have occurred  in [[period]].

Latest revision as of 22:38, 25 July 2003

A language slip where the two sounds of words are swapped in a word or sentence which create a new, coherent and often amusing one.

eg. Let me sew you into your sheet = Let me show you into your seat

The term was named after William Archibald Spooner, and although he was born out of period, we can be fairly certain that spoonerisms would have occurred in period.