metathesis  metathesis

The transposition of letters within a word. A kind of metaplasm (and sometimes a kind of paronomasia.)
  Several transpositions of letters in the first two words make possible the last two words of this humorous statement:
"Elvis Lives in Evil Levis."

American spelling is often simply metathesis applied to the original British spelling:
"theatre" becomes "theater"
"centre" becomes "center"

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  Sources: Isidore 2.21.34; Mosellanus a4r; Susenbrotus (1540) 23; Sherry (1550) 2 ("transposicio"); Peacham (1577) E3v

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