attribution-flipping

(attribution-reversal)
example 1: ‘the thin man’ (originally referred to the murder victim, but later to the detective who solved the case)
example 2: “Any man that hates dogs and babies can’t be all bad.” (said OF W.C. Fields, but later attributed TO him.)
example 3: the protector in ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’
example 4: Richard Cory
keywords:
[flip-flop]
[reversal]
[opposite]
[attribute-flipping]
[attribute-reversal]