metanalysis

[met-uh-nal-uh-sis]

noun, plural met·a·nal·y·ses [met-uh-nal-uh-seez] /ˌmɛt əˈnæl əˌsiz/.

a shift in the division between words in a phrase; misdivision: “A nickname” resulted from metanalysis of “an ekename.”

Origin of metanalysis

First recorded in 1910–15
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Word Origin and History for metanalysis
n.

1914, from meta- + analysis. Coined by Danish philologist Otto Jespersen (1860-1943).

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