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.