In honor of Spoonerism Day, the majority of today’s post is written in spoonerism form (i.e., with initial consonants & vowels transposed).
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Splickety Lit—soming koon!
Are you a fan of wordplay? What’s your version of a spoonerism? Let us know in the Somments Kection!