spoonerism definition by Webster's New World
Origin: after Revelation W. A. Spooner (1844-1930), of New College, Oxford, famous for such slips
spoonerism definition by American Heritage Dictionary
Origin: After William Archibald Spooner (1844-1930), British cleric and scholar.
spoonerism - Cultural Definition
A reversal of sounds in two words, with humorous effect. Spoonerisms were named after William Spooner, an English clergyman and scholar of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. In one spoonerism attributed to him, he meant “May I show you to another seat?” but said, “May I sew you to another sheet?”