Correctio (cor-rec’-ti-o): The amending of a term or phrase just employed; or, a further specifying of meaning, especially by indicating what something is not (which may occur either before or after the term or phrase used). A kind of redefinition, often employed as a parenthesis (an interruption) or as a climax.

I did not have a banjo on my knee when I went to Louisiana. “Knee” rhymes with “see,” as in “My true love for to see.” I was drunk (not totally drunk) when I wrote the song. I was shocked when it became popular and was sung in bars and roadhouses around America. The first time I sang it in public the audience went crazy (not literally) and threw silver dollars at me. I made $200 that night, enough to buy a horse and buggy and travel around and sing my song to farmers, miners, roughnecks, mechanics, and shoe clerks. Doo-dah Doo-dah Day!

Definition courtesy of “Silva Rhetoricae” (

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