metanalysis

[ met-uh-nal-uh-sis ]
/ ˌmɛt əˈnæl ə sɪs /

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.”

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Origin of metanalysis

First recorded in 1910–15
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