Monthly Archives: November 2013


Enallage (e-nal’-la-ge): The substitution of grammatically different but semantically equivalent constructions.

Today, a burst of winter weather is slowing the whole US–from Maine to Montana, from Phoenix to Tallahassee–an icer snower fogger blower.

Now, let’s see what’s happening in your neck of the woods!

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Charientismus (kar-i-en-tia’-mus): Mollifying harsh words by answering them with a smooth and appeasing mock.

Sure, I broke the bank, but at least I didn’t break your heart, your chachkas, your poodle, or anything else that’s near and dear to you (including me).

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Diaphora (di-a’-pho-ra): Repetition of a common name so as to perform two logical functions: to designate an individual and to signify the qualities connoted by that individual’s name or title.

This bill is certainly a bill, but it’s not my bill. It’s Bill’s bill! Where’s my bill? Bill, do you have my bill? Where’s Bill? You better find Bill and  bill Bill.  After all, bills are bills, and when the bills are Bill’s, they’re Bill’s bills, not my bills! Now, I want my bill, not Bill’s!!!

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Adnominatio (ad-no-mi-na’-ti-o): 1. A synonym for paronomasia [punning].  2. A synonym for polyptoton.  3. Assigning to a proper name its literal or homophonic meaning.

1. You write like you’re using a pig pen.

2. Your empty promises promise to undermine what seemed to me to be a promising career.

3. Headline: “Cocaine Charge Served on Trey”

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Skotison (sko’-ti-son): Purposeful obscurity.

We will never meet again, but we’ll see the sun go down together–one, two, three! Killing time and making history–a fallen dove, an endless mystery.

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Epistrophe (e-pis’-tro-fee): Ending a series of lines, phrases, clauses, or sentences with the same word or words.

Your promises are broken. My heart is broken. I wish your nose was broken.

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