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March 23, 2009


Ok... "Tecnically" I didn't come up with this... it's today's "Word Of The Day" from Dictionary.com... Which I have a widget for on my blogger blog

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I find myself often familiar, or at least aware, of the word used by dictionary.com, but today's word had me so intrigued... I had to share it with y'all...

spoonerism \SPOO-nuh-riz-uhm\, noun:
<!-- wotd="spoonerism" -->The transposition of usually initial sounds in a pair of words.

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Some examples:

We all know what it is to have a half-warmed fish ["half-formed wish"] inside us.

A well-boiled icicle ["well-oiled bicycle"].

It is kisstomary to cuss ["customary to kiss"] the bride.

Is the bean dizzy ["dean busy"]?

When the boys come back from France, we'll have the hags flung out ["flags hung out"]!

Let me sew you to your sheet ["show you to your seat"].

Spoonerism comes from the name of the Rev. William Archibald Spooner (1844-1930), a kindly but nervous Anglican clergyman and educationalist. All the above examples were committed by (or attributed to) him.

Dictionary.com Entry and Pronunciation for spoonerism

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