spoonerism
Definition - A speech act in which consonants, vowels, or syllables are switched.

Example -
It is kisstomary to cuss the bride.

Etymology -
The phenomenon was named for Reverend William Archibald Spooner (1844 - 1930), Warden of New College, Oxford, who was damous for fooing this.

Oxford English Dictionary -
The word's first citation is from 1900:
"To one unacquainted with technical terms it sounds as if the speaker were guilty of a spoonerism."
(Globe 5 Feb.)



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