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me·tath·e·sis

 (mĭ-tăth′ĭ-sĭs)
n. pl. me·tath·e·ses (-sēz′)
1. Linguistics 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.
2. Chemistry Double displacement.

[Late Latin, from Greek, from metatithenai, to transpose : meta-, meta- + tithenai, to place; see dhē- in Indo-European roots.]

met′a·thet′ic (mĕt′ə-thĕt′ĭk), met′a·thet′i·cal adj.
met′a·thet′i·cal·ly adv.
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5-pal composite (A) plus 'sea trip', a metathetic pal: PIRATES] power re wop (A') "wop
While only a very limited number of words with Old English metathesis survive into Modem English, those with Middle English metathesis have proved to be much more stable, retaining the metathetic form until Present-day English.
3) On the other hand, even though Jaan Puhvel has cautiously, but in my view probably correctly, interpreted the Hittite animal asku- as meaning 'mole' (connecting it with the etymologically disputed Greek words for this creature, aphaeretic [LANGUAGE NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII]and ~ metathetic [LANGUAGE NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] (4) forms to which I return briefly at the end of this paper) (5) and noted that the "u-stem asku- is also reminiscent of Skt.