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Periergia

Periergia (pe-ri-er’-gi-a): Overuse of words or figures of speech. As such, it may simply be considered synonymous with macrologia. However, as Puttenham’s term suggests, periergia may differ from simple superfluity in that the language appears over-labored.

There was a lot going on that should not have been going on–yes–going on like an endless river of stuff. Big bad brassy stuff. Like a stream of garbage flowing in my head. I tried to shut it off, but it just keeps on going. Time to schedule an appointment with my therapist to see if she can help turn off the faucet in my head–it’s like a fireplug gone wild, a jacuzzi out of control, a boiling saucepan, a teapot steeping tea too steeply. I need help damming the frothing tide of my consciousness.

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

Periergia

Periergia (pe-ri-er’-gi-a): Overuse of words or figures of speech. As such, it may simply be considered synonymous with macrologia. However, as Puttenham’s term suggests, periergia may differ from simple superfluity in that the language appears over-labored.

The morning wind stole clothes. 6.00 a.m. in my underpants. I should’ve pitched a tent, made a shelter, used my head, slept in my clothes, knew better, looked at the weather forecast, stayed home, or listened to my mommy when she said “Son, your feet are made for blisters, and that’s what they’re going to do after you walk to Colorado in your brand-new Danish shoes.”

Hmmm.

Even if I had listened to my mommy, I would still be standing here in my underpants.  Besides, Mommy is mentally unbalanced. That’s why I left her in the garage duct-taped to the red wheelbarrow I bought at Bill Williams’s yard sale when it was raining last Tuesday. Damn, I should’ve pinned a note on her. Something like:

So much depends on the duct tape

Holding Mommy to the red wheelbarrow

Glazed with chicken shit

I have gone camping

Latitude: 37.3192
Longitude: -108.509

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

Periergia

Periergia (pe-ri-er’-gi-a): Overuse of words or figures of speech. As such, it may simply be considered synonymous with macrologia. However, as Puttenham’s term suggests, periergia may differ from simple superfluity in that the language appears over-labored.

We’re trying to make bacon without a pig, paint the house with a flame thrower, and make paper dolls with steak knives on a roller coaster.

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

Periergia

Periergia (pe-ri-er’-gi-a): Overuse of words or figures of speech. As such, it may simply be considered synonymous with macrologia. However, as Puttenham’s term suggests, periergia may differ from simple superfluity in that the language appears over-labored.

The previously considered prior point (i.e., the point-before-the-last point) would utilize its aspects in conjuction with their connection with what came after them subsequently.

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