The adverb "only" may wander more than any other.
Only I painted my auto.
I only painted my auto.
I painted only my auto.
I painted my only auto.
I've seen sentences that have twelve words between an "only" and the word or term it modifies.
"Only I painted my previously yellow, big, beautiful, sexy, old, reliable, attention grabbing station wagon."
Never heard of wandering words before.
Time flies like an arrow; fruit flies like a banana.
Bertold, very clever word play.
Or is it semantics play? Both?
I think the interest is mostly semantic, the false parallel of the "likes." Webster's has a long "usage note" with the entry for "like." It's a complex word.
A tangent: "only" also preserves the original pronunciation of "one". We got the incongruity we take for granted today as a 14th-century regional pronunciation from southwest and west England became general by the 18th century.