This is when syllables in a word, or words in a sentence, are deliberately re-arranged. It may be because the writer wants to create a comic effect, or because the sentence develops a particular rhythm that the writer is looking for. For example, ‘I love you so much’ might be metathesised as ‘I sav you lo much’. Metathesis may be used as a way of critiquing the rules of language in general, emphasising that language structure is not necessarily cast in stone.

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