Hysterologia (his-ter-o-lo’-gi-a): A form of hyperbaton or parenthesis in which one interposes a phrase between a preposition and its object.  Also, a synonym for hysteron proteron.

I made my way through (although my head was spinning) the dimly lit corridor. I could hear the clicking of high heels ahead of me. It had to be her. “Mommy” I yelled. No response. Then, I heard another clicking sound, but this time it wasn’t high heels. Dizzy and disoriented in the near-darkness as I was, I could recognize that sound anywhere! It was Mommy’s false teeth chattering–those cheap teeth she bought on our trip to Hong Kong ten years ago.

It was music to my ears.

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

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