Alleotheta (al-le-o-the’-ta): Substitution of one case, gender, mood, number, tense, or person for another. Synonymous with enallage. [Some rhetoricians claim that alleotheta is a] general category that includes antiptosis [(a type of enallage in which one grammatical case is substituted for another)] and all forms of enallage [(the substitution of grammatically different but semantically equivalent constructions)].

I’m in the hosptial last year getting surgery when this guy in a white coat comes into my room and says: “Too bad about the foot.” I said, “What foot?” He says, “The one that’s going to foot the bill.”

I throw my water bottle at him.

Bam! Right in the head.

I yelled, “Foot that sucker” and hit the panic button by my bed.

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Definition courtesy of “Silva Rhetoricae” (

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