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Mar 29, 2018
This week’s theme
Words described using their anagrams

This week’s words
listerize
adulatory
babble
metathesis
blate

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metathesis

PRONUNCIATION:
(muh-TATH-uh-sis)

MEANING:
noun:
1. The transposition of letters, sounds, or syllables in a word. Example: aks for ask.
2. In chemistry, double decomposition.

ANAGRAM:
metathesis = It’s the same.

ETYMOLOGY:
Via Latin from Greek metatithenai (to transpose), from meta- (among, after) + tithenai (to place). Earliest documented use: 1538.

USAGE:
“As Caractacus, Cedric was the heroic British chieftain who rebelled against Roman rule. As Cerdic son of Cymbeline, Cedric by metathesis was the founder of the kingdom of Wessex.”
Philip Howard; Column; The Times (London, UK); Mar 10, 1995.

See more usage examples of metathesis in Vocabulary.com’s dictionary.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
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