Spoonerisms


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A spoonerism is when you put the wrong sound or letter at the beginning of a word so that it gives the word a different meaning. For example: Go shake a tower. [Go take a shower.] Such mistakes were named after William Spooner [in the picture at the left]. He was a well loved priest in the Church of England and a university lecturer. All his life he had a problem mixing up sounds and letters when he spoke. He hated having this problem, but the people who listened to him loved it. 

    Now you try !


Answers at the bottom of the page 

1. Sight rise.

2. Runny babbit.

3. Mad bunny.

4. I must mend the sail.

5. Fighting a liar.

6. Chilled greese.

7. Let me sew you to your sheet.

8. Candle with hair.

9. A lack of pies.

10. It is kisstomary to cuss the bride.

11. Court shut! 

12. Bunny hair.

13. I don't like to eat parrots and keys.

14. He dashed her wishes.

15. Will no one pat my hiccup?

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1. Right size.

2. Bunny rabbit.

3. Bad money.

4. I must send the mail.

5. Lighting a fire.

6. Grilled cheese.

7. Let me show you to your seat.

8. Handle with care.

9. A pack of lies.

10. It is customary to kiss the bride.

11. Short cut! 

12. Honey bear.

13. I don’t like to eat carrots and peas.

14. He washed her dishes.

15. Will no one pick up my hat?

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