The War on Error

Word of the day

Posted on: December 11, 2009

Not an error but a great word that everyone should know: a zeugma (from the Greek: ζεῦγμα, zeûgma, meaning ‘yoke’) is a figure of speech describing the joining of two or more parts of a sentence with a single common verb or noun. A syllepsis is a particular type of zeugma in which the clauses are not parallel either in meaning or grammar. The governing word may change meaning with respect to the other words it modifies (eg I fell down the stairs and also in love).

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