Articulus (ar-tic’-u-lus): Roughly equivalent to “phrase” in English, except that the emphasis is on joining several phrases (or words) successively without any conjunctions (in which case articulus is simply synonymous with the Greek term asyndeton). See also brachylogia.
Articulus is also best understood in terms of differing speeds of style that depend upon the length of the elements of a sentence. The Ad Herennium author contrasts the the slower speed of concatenated membra (see membrum) to the quicker speed possible via articulus.
China. Yemen. Syria.
Hacking. Bombing. Destroying.
One word, one meaning?
Or do they all add up to a planet that’s bleeding?
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Definition and commentary courtesy of “Silva Rhetoricae” (rhetoric.byu.edu).