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Vanity: Word of the day: Zeugma
Dictionary.com ^ | 10/12/12 | dictionary.com

Posted on 10/12/2012 1:58:24 PM PDT by zeugma

Word of the Day

Friday, October 12, 2012

zeugma

\ZOOG-muh\ , noun;
1.
The use of a word to modify or govern two or more words when it is appropriate to only one of them or is appropriate to each but in a different way, as in to wage war and peace or On his fishing trip, he caught three trout and a cold.

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Quotes:
Of course, the zeugma is not an eighteenth-century invention, but it was not handled before then with such neatness and consciousness, and had not the same air of being the normal process of thought.

-- William Empson, Seven Types of Ambiguity

 

If we take "We will be proud of course the air will be" as a strong syntactical unit, a complete sentence, the parallelism of "we will be" and "the air will be" draws both these auxiliary phrases toward the yoke (or zeugma, in rhetorical parlance) of the main verb phrase.

-- Cary Nelson, Ed Folsom, W. S. Merwin: Essays on the Poetry

 

Origin:
Zeugma stems from the Greek word of the same spelling which meant "a yoking."


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Sorry for the vanity folks. I couldn't help myself for obvious reasons.
1 posted on 10/12/2012 1:58:25 PM PDT by zeugma
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To: zeugma
Their quotes suck. a good example of a zeugma follows:
"The room was not light but his fingers were."

"Light" describes both the lack of dark-suckers, and the subject's proclivity to thievery.

2 posted on 10/12/2012 2:03:00 PM PDT by zeugma (Rid the world of those savages. - Dorothy Woods, widow of a Navy Seal, AMEN!)
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To: zeugma
If we take "We will be proud of course the air will be" as a strong syntactical unit, a complete sentence, the parallelism of "we will be" and "the air will be" draws both these auxiliary phrases toward the yoke

That meth.. it's a hell of a drug.

3 posted on 10/12/2012 2:03:20 PM PDT by humblegunner
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To: zeugma
My daughter, when five years old, came up with her own ... "They fell in love, then fell out the window."

When she was three, and couldn't find her shoes, she claimed she "must have lost it in the fortnight." (cf. Peter Rabbit)
4 posted on 10/12/2012 2:13:06 PM PDT by Dr. Sivana ("I love to watch you talk talk talk, but I hate what I hear you say."--Del Shannon)
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To: zeugma

Chuck Berry:
“C’est la vie”, say the old folks, it goes to show you never can tell.


5 posted on 10/12/2012 2:15:23 PM PDT by Dr. Sivana ("I love to watch you talk talk talk, but I hate what I hear you say."--Del Shannon)
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To: Dr. Sivana
"They fell in love, then fell out the window."

That's not a proper zeugma because it should only be used once in the sentence, but describe two things in different ways. You could reword that as "They fell in love and out the window." Which would describe a fairly short-lived romance.

6 posted on 10/12/2012 2:18:10 PM PDT by zeugma (Rid the world of those savages. - Dorothy Woods, widow of a Navy Seal, AMEN!)
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To: zeugma

In the debate, Ryan did not suffer a defeat or a fool.


7 posted on 10/12/2012 2:19:30 PM PDT by Ken H
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To: Ken H

Excellent!


8 posted on 10/12/2012 4:34:55 PM PDT by zeugma (Rid the world of those savages. - Dorothy Woods, widow of a Navy Seal, AMEN!)
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