Epenthesis


Epenthesis (e-pen’-thes-is): The addition of a letter, sound, or syllable to the middle of a word. A kind of metaplasm. Note: Epenthesis is sometimes employed in order to accommodate meter in verse; sometimes, to facilitate easier articulation of a word’s sound. It can, of course, be accidental, and a vice of speech.

Springsteen said something like “I’m looking for a lover, who won’t blow my cover, cover me.” I’m not sure what he’s talking about or who he’s talking to, but I’m looking for a tiss-iss-sue to blow my nose on and hopefully get well soon. Also, I’m looking for an afghan, that’ll be my cover, and while I recover, cover me.

Oh, and while you’re at it, will you look in my mailbox for my Big Government check? 1,200 bucks goes about as far as a blown-up race car sunk up to its rocker panels in mud with four flat tires. So, we’ll stick to total basics: wine, whiskey & weed, and use what’s left over for a couple six-packs of PBR, and maybe, a carton of Marlboro 27s.

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

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