A Sample of Self-Definers—Rhetorical & Poetic Devices and Figures of Speech: Part I
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Here is a sixteenth hand-curated selection from “Appendix A: A Self-Defining Linguistic Glossary”, a.k.a. “The only truly reliable cram sheet for your Linguistics 101 final”, from The Speculative Grammarian Essential Guide to Linguistics.
- The nominal nominees nominated adnomination as ignominious nomenclature.
- Alliterations are always awesome.
- He used anadiplosis, and anadiplosis paid off nicely.
- Never have I found a use for anastrophe.
- Antimetabole is the word, and the word is antimetabole.
- Let us not mention apophasis.
- Aposiopesis makes me so mad I could just—
- Your example is both good and chiastic; but the part that is good is not chiastic, and the part that is chiastic is not good.
- Avoid clichés like the plague.
- Epanalepsis is a repetitive figure of speech; such is epanalepsis.
- I studied epistrophe, then used epistrophe, and thus mastered epistrophe.
- The euphemism had to be put to sleep.
- Hyperbole is the greatest thing ever.
- Let us write better, and learn of hysteron proteron.
- It’s internal rhyme time!
- I can’t really define irony... but I know it when I see it.
More to come...