Synaloepha (sin-a-lif’-a): Omitting one of two vowels which occur together at the end of one word and the beginning of another. A contraction of neighboring syllables. A kind of metaplasm.
Shutdown, meltdown, showdown, fall down.
Screw up, mess up, give up, throw up.
Up or down, down or up, one thing’s for sure: Those politicians are headed straight t’election day with hell to pay–a debt with no ceiling eternally funding the wages of their sins.
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Definition courtesy of “Silva Rhetoricae” (rhetoric.byu.edu).