me·tath·e·sis (mĭ-tăth'ĭ-sĭs)My youngest and I are reading Ivanhoe together. This usually takes the form of two books, one blanket, and one reader - we take turns. More recently, we've been listening to the Librivox recordings (thanks, Rachel) and reading along with the speaker, who, so far, has been pretty good. We stop the computer (or iPod) whenever either of us has a point to make, or a question to ask. It's been really enjoyable for us both.
Transposition within a word of letters, sounds, or syllables, as in the change from Old English brid to modern English bird or in the confusion of modren for modern.
Today, I wanted to know a little more about a place, Ashby de la Zouch, mentioned in Ivanhoe (not the least of which was its pronunciation: zeush, IPA /ˈzuːʃ/). In addition to information about the field where the Disinherited Knight's first tournament occurred, I discovered that Sir Walter Scott was responsible for the name Cedric. According to the Ivanhoe entry in Wikipedia, Scott "committed metathesis" in switching the order of the 'r' and 'd' in the Saxon name Cerdic.
I love learning little interesting new things everyday.