Spoonerism

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    In a spoonerism, letters or parts of words change places — either as a mistake or on purpose. The effect can be quite humorous.


    Example:

    It is kisstomary to to cuss the bride.

     

    William Archibald Spooner (1844–1930) inspired the name “spoonerismSpoonerismus 
(Vertauschung einleitender Wortteile)spoonerism” for this type of wordplay. He was a scholarGelehrte(r)scholar of New College, Oxford, and was famous for switching the order of words to create quite funny-sounding statements. In the example above, the original sentence would have read: “It is customaryüblichcustomary to kiss the brideBrautbride.”

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