Periergia


Periergia (pe-ri-er’-gi-a): Overuse of words or figures of speech. As such, it may simply be considered synonymous with macrologia. However, as Puttenham’s term suggests, periergia may differ from simple superfluity in that the language appears over-labored.

The morning wind stole clothes. 6.00 a.m. in my underpants. I should’ve pitched a tent, made a shelter, used my head, slept in my clothes, knew better, looked at the weather forecast, stayed home, or listened to my mommy when she said “Son, your feet are made for blisters, and that’s what they’re going to do after you walk to Colorado in your brand-new Danish shoes.”

Hmmm.

Even if I had listened to my mommy, I would still be standing here in my underpants.  Besides, Mommy is mentally unbalanced. That’s why I left her in the garage duct-taped to the red wheelbarrow I bought at Bill Williams’s yard sale when it was raining last Tuesday. Damn, I should’ve pinned a note on her. Something like:

So much depends on the duct tape

Holding Mommy to the red wheelbarrow

Glazed with chicken shit

I have gone camping

Latitude: 37.3192
Longitude: -108.509

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

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