Antedating of "Spoonerism"

Shapiro, Fred fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Mon Aug 25 11:41:28 UTC 2008

Spoonerism (OED 1900)

1896 _Windsor Magazine_ Jan. 566 (British Periodicals)  The genial public orator (Dr. Merry), the author of many a Spoonerism, brightens things up now and again with his witticisms.

Fred Shapiro

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