Metaplasm


Metaplasm (met’-a-plazm): A general term for orthographical figures (changes to the spelling of words). This includes alteration of the letters or syllables in single words, including additions, omissions, inversions, and substitutions. Such changes are considered conscious choices made by the artist or orator for the sake of eloquence or meter, in contrast to the same kinds of changes done accidentally and discussed by grammarians as vices (see barbarism). See: antistheconaphaeresisapocopeepenthesisparagoge, synaloepha.

“Acquitted” Trump Style: You’re totally guilty without a doubt, but your mollusk loser friends support you with their slimy applause as you commit stenchacide, celebrating one of the greatest con jobs in the history of America. You are truly out of control: like a toddler in his pedal car headed downhill toward a giant oak tree.

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

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