A spoonerism is an error in speech or deliberate play on words in which corresponding consonants, vowels, or morphemes are switched (see metathesis) between two words in a phrase.
An example is saying "The Lord is a shoving leopard" instead of "The Lord is a loving shepherd." While spoonerisms are commonly heard as slips of the tongue resulting from unintentionally getting one's words in a tangle, they can also be used intentionally as a play on words.
== Etymology ==
It is named after the Reverend William Archibald Spooner (1844–1930), Warden of New College, Oxford, who was notoriously prone to...
It finally occurred to me to check whether WP had a link to the equivalent English page.
@crl I figured you probably knew crooks but perhaps not nannies — but that you wouldn’t immediately recognize the swapped starts of a common expression whose individual words are a bit uncommon, especially crannies.
== Français ==
=== Étymologie ===
(xiii e siècle) Origine incertaine  :
peut-être du franc-comtois pine (« pigne, pomme de pin » ou « sifflet, flûte ») ;
ou une variante de pénis.
=== Nom commun ===
pine /pin/ féminin
(Argot) (Vulgaire) Sexe masculin, membre viril, pénis, verge, vit.
Voilà Gautier tournant, à propos d’un mot jeté par nous sur le Faune de Munich, tournant sur le beau pur de la sculpture grecque, qu’il reconnaît aux testicules des statues. Et le voilà à nous décrire la pine grecque et comme l’ingénuité du phallus dont parle Aristophane. — (Frères Goncourt, Journal)
> In agreement with the split of Falconiformes and Accipitriformes, comparative genome analysis published in 2008 suggested that falcons are more closely related to the parrots and passerines than to other birds including the Accipitridae, so that the traditional Falconiformes are paraphyletic even if the Cathartidae are excluded.
> Indeed, a 2011 analysis of transposable element insertions shared between the genomes of falcons, passerines, and parrots, but not present in the genomes of other birds, confirmed that falcons are a sister group of the combined parrot/passerine group, together forming the clade Eufalconimorphae.
> New World vultures were traditionally placed in a family of their own in the Falconiformes. ... However, recent multi-locus DNA studies ... indicate that New World vultures are related to the other birds of prey, excluding the Falconidae which are distantly related to other raptors, and are not close to storks.