Distinctio (dis-tinc’-ti-o): Eliminating ambiguity surrounding a word by explicitly specifying each of its distinct meanings.
Cover: Something you put over yourself in bed to keep you warm (Better get under the cover, it’s cold.).
Cover: To to put a lid on something (You better cover those potatoes before the war boils off.).
Cover: Underbrush to hide behind (Take cover over there behind that bush.).
You, my friend, better find some cover and I don’t mean in bed or the kitchen. There’s a mob of people who you swindled with your fake virus remedy headed this way–you need to hide.
- Definition courtesy of “Silva Rhetoricae” (rhetoric.byu.edu).
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