Daily Archives: January 2, 2008


Aphaeresis (aph-aer’-e-sis): The omission of a syllable or letter at the beginning of a word. A kind of metaplasm.

We had roasted Cornish ens for dinner last night. [ens for hens]


We cycled up the hill to the water tower to watch the sunset. [cycled for bicycled]

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Definition courtesy of “Silva Rhetoricae” (rhetoric.byu.edu).