Metathesis in English

The term ‘metathesis’ means that when a word is pronounced certain vowel sounds or syllables are transposed, or shifted. It’s one of the more common reasons for mispronunciation of words in English. It happens because our brains often try to work out an easier, more logical or more comfortable way to say something. Even if we know the correct pronunciation of a word, it may be difficult to say it correctly. Another related reason for metathesis is popularity. Popular, but incorrect, pronunciation of a word may obscure, or make it difficult, to remember or use the correct pronunciation. But what really is correct pronunciation of a word? This may seem like an easy question, but in reality English has changed and is continuing to change. Some “correct” pronunciations of common words we use everyday are actually the metathesized versions of the original pronunciation that changed with time and usage. Watch my blog video at the link below to learn a little more and see some examples.

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