Daily Archives: August 14, 2013

Diazeugma

Diazeugma (di-a-zoog’-ma): The figure by which a single subject governs several verbs or verbal constructions (usually arranged in parallel fashion and expressing a similar idea); the opposite of zeugma.

A: Anthony Weiner’s shocking photographic forays mangled his political career, roughed up his marriage, and kicked his supporters in the crotch. I think we’ve seen him go under once and for all.

B: Under where?

A: That’s not funny.

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