Sometimes he lightened the pronunciation by metathesis, as he did when he pronounced interpretor as interpertor.
Three of the most important of these are assimilation, dissimilation, and metathesis.
M (mutare, metathesis) means 'transpose the premises' (as of Camestres).
metathesis of r is seen in unwerste 134; rr is simplified in for 328.
The metathesis may be due to association with the name Tankard (Tancred).
metathesis of r is seen in undren 205, in loruerde 103 the scribe has added r by anticipation.
Its oldest form, anelas, is a metathesis of the common Old Fr.
metathesis, or the transposition of sound, chiefly affects l and r, especially the latter.
We have seen (p. 57) that the letters l, n, r are particularly subject to dissimilation and metathesis.
metathesis of r is seen in wernches 5, wrahhte 74, eauraskes 97 (forsc).
1570s, "transposition of letters in a word;" c.1600, "rhetorical transposition of words," from Late Latin metathesis, from Greek metathesis "change of position, transposition, change of opinion," from stem of metatithenai "to transpose," from meta- "to change" (see meta-) + tithenai "to place, set," from PIE root *dhe- "to put, to do" (see factitious). Plural is metatheses. Related: Metathetic.
metathesis me·tath·e·sis (mĭ-tāth'ĭ-sĭs)
n. pl. me·tath·e·ses (-sēz')
Double decomposition of chemical compounds in which an element or radical of one compound exchanges places with another element or radical in another compound.