What’s a Spoonerism

The Lord is a showing leopardI was just readingĀ this article (about an exhibition examining the history of English) in which I came across the word spoonerism. What’s a spoonerism? I instantly headed on to Wikipedia.

A spoonerism is a deliberate or accidental error in which corresponding parts of words are switched. Examples make this clearer:

  • Go and shake a tower (take a shower)
  • A blushing crow (crushing blow)
  • A bat flattery (flat battery)

My personal favorite example by miles:

The Lord is a shoving leopard

(a loving shephard)

  • http://twitter.com/JulietAnnerino Juliet Annerino

    I love this. Thank you!