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 William Archibald Spooner

William Archibald Spooner

Birth
Death 29 Aug 1930 (aged 86)
Burial Grasmere, South Lakeland District, Cumbria, England
Plot Near the wall on the north side of the cemetery
Memorial ID 4222 · View Source
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His unintentional verbal muddles, where he transposed words, letters and ideas, gave rise to the word "spoonerisms". Now most commonly used where the first letters of words are transposed - "You have hissed my mystery lecture", "You have tasted a whole worm" etc. He is unlikely to have uttered most of these. There are a number of well substantiated oddities of a more subtle kind: "Was it you or your brother who was killed in the Great War?" "He came to a sad end - eaten by missionaries!."


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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Added: 1 Jan 1999
  • Find A Grave Memorial 4222
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for William Archibald Spooner (22 Jul 1844–29 Aug 1930), Find A Grave Memorial no. 4222, citing Grasmere Cemetery, Grasmere, South Lakeland District, Cumbria, England ; Maintained by Find A Grave (contributor 8) .