[Dixielandjazz] Misplaced words
Thu, 29 Aug 2002 04:49:43 +0000
>"What's the name for the construction in which words exchange position?
> A good man is hard to find
> A hard man is good to find"
And John Farrell responded:
I don't think this is correct. A "Spoonderism" is where the initial letters
of different words become transposed as "Rubber Ducky" becomes "Dubber
I believe the correct answer is an "Anastrophe" - see definition:
anastrophe (noun): an alteration of the normal order of words or phrases in
a grammatica)l construction, usually for rhetorical effect.
There may be some other rhetorical device more closely descriptive of this
phenomenon but I can't think of one off hand.
Bill "Mr. Language Person" Gunter
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