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Primary question: A common speaking mistake is to exchange syllables of words, saying "It's trace rhyme!" instead of saying "It's race time!", or pronouncing "kickin' chackatory" instead of "chicken cacciatore." Is there an existing name in poetry, linguistics, or English studies for switching syllables of (quasi-)consecutive words? I am not especially interested in the case when switching syllables results in interpretable homonyms or portmanteaus, like in the first example.

Secondary question: if not, what would you call it?

Tertiary question: is there somewhere a (playful?) taxonomy of fruitful or unfruitful lingual aberrations?

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parentdish.com/2007/11/23/… –  Laserallan Jun 21 '11 at 21:48

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It's a Spoonerism.

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+1: Technical term is metathesis. –  Robusto Jun 21 '11 at 13:54
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In answer to the third part of your question, there is a list of types of changes in pronunciation available on Wikipedia.

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In an answer to the third part of your question, there is a list of figures that are related to the order. However, it is not so much playful as much as it is classical.

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