Metathesis (linguistics)  

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Metathesis is a sound change that alters the order of phonemes in a word. The most common instance of metathesis is the reversal of the order of two adjacent phonemes. Many languages have words that show this phenomenon, and some use it as a regular part of their grammar (eg Fur). The process of metathesis has altered the shape of many familiar words in the English language, too. In chemistry, metathesis refers to a reaction where parts of two reactants "switch places".

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