- n. the transposition of initial or other
sounds of words, usually by accident. (1895-1900 after W. A. Spooner
(1844-1930), English clergyman noted for such slips). -Random House
Dictionary of the English Language, Second Edition, Unabridged
Attributed to Reverend Spooner:
- "Three cheers for our queer old dean!"
- "It is kisstomary to cuss the bride."
- "Those girls are sin twisters."
- "Is the bean dizzy?"
- "The Lord is a shoving leopard."
- "When the boys come back from France, we'll have the hags flung out."
- "Let me sew you to your sheet."
- "The enemy fled quickly from the ears and sparrows."
- "She joins this club over my bed doddy."
- "The old revival hymn, 'Shall We Rather At the Giver?'"
- "There is no peace in a home where a dinner swells."
- "I see before me tons of soil." -- A greeting to a group of farmers; he
meant to say, "sons of toil."
- "We all know what it is to have a half-warmed fish inside us." -- A
statement made when he meant to say, "Half-formed wish."
- "You have hissed my mystery lectures; you have tasted the whole worm."