Daily Archives: May 10, 2010

Correctio

Correctio (cor-rec’-ti-o): The amending of a term or phrase just employed; or, a further specifying of meaning, especially by indicating what something is not (which may occur either before or after the term or phrase used). A kind of redefinition, often employed as a parenthesis (an interruption) or as a climax.

All we’re asking for is food, shelter, and clothing–no wait–we can’t just leave it at that–what we’re asking for, and what we really need is decent food, decent shelter, decent clothing–not pig slop, huts, and rags!

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