Hendiadys (hen-di’-a-dis): Expressing a single idea by two nouns [joined by a conjunction] instead of a noun and its qualifier. A method of amplification that adds force.
Ham and eggs: on a menu, in your mouth, soft yolks, crispy edges, maybe some home fries with lots ketchup. More delicious than my favorite candy—Good and Plenty, plenty good. Little pink and white candies, licorice, and looked like pills. They were advertised on 1950s TV in an 8-foot long box. I wanted a box like it so badly, but that was not to be. Instead, I would try and make my own giant Good and Plenty candy box. “This is nice sweet candy,” I thought as I went foraging for cardboard. My thoughts and licorice smells were my incentive.
I hung out by the appliance store and my hopes were fulfilled. A refrigerator box came flying off the loading dock and landed by my feet. I dragged the giant box home and went to work. I used all of my mom’s pink lipstick to write “Good and Plenty” on both sides of the box. Now the box had a perfume smell and my hands were stained “Perky Pink,” the color of Mom’s lipstick. Now, I had to fill the box with candy—a daunting task. I didn’t know what to do. So, I went and talked to Grandpa. He said, “if you want them candies bad enough, steal the money from your ma’s purse. Don’t beg her for it—we both know she hates being begged at. Just take it!” So I did—took and pocketed $78.00. I went and arrived at the candy store around 4.00 pm. I plunked my money down and told mister Floger that I wanted every Good & Plenty he had. He brought three cases of the candy out from the back room and set them on the floor. Luckily, I had thought to bring my red wagon. I loaded it up and pulled it home. When I got home, I was shocked to see my candy box burning in the fire pit—like trash! I went berserk and tried to choke my mother on Good & Plenty candies. Our neighbor called the police and I was hauled off to jail. I was tried as a juvenile and convicted of attempted manslaughter. My mother hasn’t given up on me and sends me a box of Good and Plenty (plenty good) every month.
Definition courtesy of “Silva Rhetoricae” (rhetoric.byu.edu). Bracketed text added by Gorgias.
Buy a print edition of The Daily Trope! The print edition is entitled The Book of Tropes and is available on Amazon for $9.99. A Kindle edition is available for $5.99.