Synzeugma (sin-zoog’-ma): That kind of zeugma in which a verb joins (and governs) two phrases by coming between them. A synonym for mesozeugma.

The tide went out, and the bottle with a message, a brief ditatribe on fate and hope and coconuts. Standng there in tattered shorts, he started to sing his coconut song and then had second thoughts as the bottle with a message sunk into the waving sea. Feeling no pain, he tore off his tattered shorts and put them on his head again, the castaway’s turban, jaunty on his brow, tickled his neck and reminded him of middle school and flirtations on the playground when up was up, and down was down.

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Definition courtesy of “Silva Rhetoricae” (

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