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.

There was a lot going on that should not have been going on–yes–going on like an endless river of stuff. Big bad brassy stuff. Like a stream of garbage flowing in my head. I tried to shut it off, but it just keeps on going. Time to schedule an appointment with my therapist to see if she can help turn off the faucet in my head–it’s like a fireplug gone wild, a jacuzzi out of control, a boiling saucepan, a teapot steeping tea too steeply. I need help damming the frothing tide of my consciousness.

Definition courtesy of “Silva Rhetoricae” (

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