One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Early 19th century; earliest use found in The North American Review. Altered form of disjecta membra; the reversal of the two Latin words perhaps reflects a desire to reflect more closely the usual word order of classical Latin.
membra disjecta/ˌmɛmbrə dɪsˈdʒɛktə//ˌmɛmbrə dɪsˈjɛktə/
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