Monthly Archives: April 2011


Tmesis (tmee’-sis): Interjecting a word or phrase between parts of a compound word or between syllables of a word.

The music was fan-trance-tastic.

  • Post your own tmesis on the “Comments” page!

Definition courtesy of “Silva Rhetoricae” (


Diaskeue (di-as-keu’-ee): Graphic peristasis (description of circumstances) intended to arouse the emotions.

Total destruction. No warning. Houses torn to pieces. Cars turned upside down. Furniture scattered everywhere. So many people torn by grief.  How will they ever recover? What a tragedy.

  • Post your own diaskeue on the “Comments” page!

Definition courtesy of “Silva Rhetoricae” (


Pysma (pys’-ma): The asking of multiple questions successively (which would together require a complex reply). A rhetorical use of the question.

How did we get into this mess? Will it ever end? Who is responsible? What are we going to do? Could we ever have foreseen this catastrophe?

  • Post your own pysma on the “Comments” page!

Definition courtesy of “Silva Rhetoricae” (


Accismus (ak-iz’-mus): A feigned refusal of that which is earnestly desired.

I’ve wanted one of those all of my life! It’s the most beautiful one I’ve ever seen! Put it away. Take it back. Really, I’m not worth it.

  • Post your own accismus on the “Comments” page!

Definition courtesy of “Silva Rhetoricae” (


Anacoluthon (an-a-co-lu’-thon): A grammatical interruption or lack of implied sequence within a sentence. That is, beginning a sentence in a way that implies a certain logical resolution, but concluding it differently than the grammar leads one to expect. Anacoluthon can be either a grammatical fault or a stylistic virtue, depending on its use. In either case, it is an interruption or a verbal lack of symmetry. Anacoluthon is characteristic of spoken language or interior thought, and thus suggests those domains when it occurs in writing.

What a beautiful spring day–I’m going shopping!

  • Post your own anacoluthon on the “Comments” page!

Definition courtesy of “Silva Rhetoricae” (


Comprobatio (com-pro-ba’-ti-o): Approving and commending a virtue, especially in the hearers.

We took them to the brink, they looked over the edge, they backed up a few steps, and they agreed to nearly every budget cut we proposed!

Well done my fellow fiscal conservatives!

Saving money is a good thing, and you helped us save you a bundle!

But, let me make this perfectly clear: We’re not done yet! Next, we take out Obama-care, then, we dismantle Medicare, and after that, we eliminate Social Security!

Now, my fellow Americans, I’m going back to my tanning bed, relax, smoke a cigarette, and quietly gloat.

Thank you for your support and encouragement. Victory is ours!

  • Post your own comprobatio on the “Comments” page!

Definition courtesy of “Silva Rhetoricae” (