synchysis
Definition - A confused arrangement of words that obscures the meaning in a sentence.

Example -
What where who pee dog some?

Etymology -
The word derives from the Greek synkein, to confuse.

Oxford English Dictionary -
Its first citation is from 1577:
"Synchisis, a confusion of order, in all partes of the construction."
(Henry Peacham, the Elder, The Garden of Eloquence (1577), Gj)



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