an unintentional or intentional interchange of sounds, usually initial sounds, in two or more words (Ex.: “a well-boiled icicle” for “a well-oiled bicycle”)
Origin of spoonerismafter Revelation W. A. Spooner (1844-1930), Oxford scholar famous for such slips
A transposition of sounds of two or more words, especially a ludicrous one, such as Let me sew you to your sheet for Let me show you to your seat.
Origin of spoonerismAfter William Archibald Spooner (1844-1930), British cleric and scholar
Named after the Reverend W. A. Spooner (1844-1930), who is supposed to have habitually made such slip-ups.