Term: Spoonerism


The term Spoonerisms originates from the Reverend Spooner, who is well known in England because of a speech problem he is supposed to have had; it is said that he used to mix up the first couple of letters of words, sometimes creating strange sentences. One of the most famous spoonerisms attributed to him is when he told a student off because he had 'hissed the mystery lectures' when he meant to say 'missed the history lectures'.

See Also: Figure of Speech; Malapropism; Portmanteau Word; Palindrome; Onomatopoeia

Category: Figure of Speech