Daily Archives: February 12, 2020


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 lies are like strands of wet spaghetti draped over a pee-smelling clogged urinal in a Russian public toilet near the US Embassy in Moscow. Your lies are frosting on a cake made of shit served in the dining car on a slow train to hog trough. Go away. Get lost. You make me sick you son of Coronavirus.

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

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