Daily Archives: May 30, 2017

Periphrasis

Periphrasis (per-if’-ra-sis): The substitution of a descriptive word or phrase for a proper name (a species of circumlocution); or, conversely, the use of a proper name as a shorthand to stand for qualities associated with it. (Circumlocutions are rhetorically useful as euphemisms, as a method of amplification, or to hint at something without stating it.)

Here comes Big Mac doing the Big Trump walk and talking incoherent talk–very cheesy.

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

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Personification

Personification: Reference to abstractions or inanimate objects as though they had human qualities or abilities. The English term for prosopopeia (pro-so-po-pe’-i-a) or ethopoeia (e-tho-po’-ia): the description and portrayal of a character (natural propensities, manners and affections, etc.).

The strong wind blowing through the trees and the dark clouds spoke of an upcoming storm. They were saying: “There’s a thunder and lightning storm coming, better take shelter.”

I listened and understood, and went inside to await the impending storm. The strong wind and dark clouds never lie!

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

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Polyptoton

Polyptoton (po-lyp-to’-ton): Repeating a word, but in a different form. Using a cognate of a given word in close proximity.

I dislike to dislike what I like to dislike. Why? Because disliking what I dislike is likely to make me aware of just how much I dislike. It puts an emphasis on the negative and raises the awkward question as to whether I like having so much to dislike. I dislike that, but I am liking the fact that I dislike it.

But, I am confused. As much as I dislike asking, I would like it if somebody out there is likely to know how to get out of this conundrum?

Anybody out there? Can anybody help me with liking what I am disliking?

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

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