Cryptic crossword reference lists > Spoonerisms
Tips of the slung
Spoonerisms are created by transposing letters in different words to make new words, e.g. Mum and Dad become dumb and mad.
Being vocal, Spoonerisms are sometimes called tips of the slung (slips of the tongue). The same sounds can have many different spellings in English, so grilled beef could become billed grief.
Spoonerisms are sometimes used in cryptic clues and usually indicated by the name Spooner.
Basic spoonerisms - letter switch
Advanced spoonerisms - with spelling changes
- better locks - letterbox
- boy scene - soybean
- crawl through the fax - fall through the cracks
- fab guest - gabfest
- for shire - sure-fire
- goes neigh - nosegay
- fight a liar - light a fire
- hiss and leer - listen here
- lead of spite - speed of light
- male tricks - trail mix
- mean as custard - keen as mustard
- roaring with pain - pouring with rain
- Wapping set - sopping wet
- wave the sails - save the whales