Metathesis

Metathesis: A kind of Metaplasm for transposition whereby letters, or syllables of a word are transposed, or shifted out of their natural position.
Metathesis: A kind of Metaplasm for transposition whereby letters, or syllables of a word are transposed, or shifted out of their natural position.

Definition and Example of Metathesis

Metathesis (etymologically from Greek, literally “ a transposition”) is a kind of MetaplasmOpens in new window, whereby letters, or syllablesOpens in new window of a word are transposed, or shifted out of their natural position, as: “prevert” for “pervert”; “Evandre” for “Evander”.

Classic Example
  • Several transpositions of letters in the first two words make possible the last two words of this humorous statement:
    “Elvis Lives in Evil Levis.” — (Silva Rhetoricae)
Further Readings:
Silver Rhetoricae, Figures | MetathesisOpens in new window