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metathesis (mi-TATH-i-sis) noun
1. Transposition within a word of letters, sounds, or syllables, as in the change from Old English brid to modern English bird or in the confusion of modren for modern.
[Late Latin, from Greek, from metatithenai, to transpose : meta- + tithenai, to place.]
"The mischievous imps of metathesis are at play, for instance, when rural
speakers switch the 'r' and 'e' in 'pretty' and say 'perty'."
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