Hypozeuxis  (hyp-o-zook’-sis): Opposite of zeugma. Every clause has its own verb.

I forgot how to make bread, turned off the TV and sat on the floor. Things were getting too weird even for me. Why was I sitting on the floor? Why did I turn off the TV? How do I make bread?

It seems like only yesterday I was baking up a batch of whole wheat. Wait! There are at least eighty loaves of whole wheat bread scattered around the apartment. Am I seeing things? No, definitely not.

This proves my theory of memory. We only have ‘so much’ memory, then it’s gone. Clearly, I used up my bread baking memory baking all that bread. If I had done a loaf of whole wheat per month, my bread baking would’ve lasted 10 years!

Well, that does it for the bread. Now, it’s time to make dinner rolls–I know exactly how to make them. However, I will be prudent & never make more than 6 in one day. That way, I’ll remember how to make them for a long, long time–maybe until the end of the world (as we know it)!

Now, where did I put that flour?

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

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