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The transposition of letters or sounds in a word. When the transposition is between the letters or sounds of two words, it is popularly known as a ‘Spoonerism’, of which a well‐known specimen, attributed to the Revd W. A. Spooner (1844–1930), warden of New College, Oxford, is ‘Kinquering congs their titles take’.

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