Daily Archives: July 15, 2017


Metalepsis (me-ta-lep’-sis): Reference to something by means of another thing that is remotely related to it, either through a farfetched causal relationship, or through an implied intermediate substitution of terms. Often used for comic effect through its preposterous exaggeration. A metonymical substitution of one word for another which is itself figurative.

Your imagination is an empty stretcher in an ambulance headed to Duncan Donuts.  Your dream is to fill the stretcher with strawberry frosted donuts, and wrestle playfully with Mike Pence and Vladimir Putin on the stretcher as they squat inside your head, clutching donuts and growling and smiling at you, who, as a matter of fact are holding a Nutella filled sugar donut in each hand.


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

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