Skip to comments.Word For The Day, Thursday, November 29, 2012 – anacoluthon
Posted on 11/29/2012 4:43:43 AM PST by secret garden
In order that we might all raise the level of discourse and expand our language abilities, here is the daily post of "Word for the Day".
anacoluthon \an-uh-kuh-LOO-thon\, noun
1. A construction involving a break in grammatical sequence, as It makes me soI just get angry.
2. An instance of anacoluthia.
She employed, not from any refinement of style, but in order to correct her imprudences, abrupt breaches of syntax not unlike that figure which the grammarians call anacoluthon or some such name.
-- Marcel Proust, The Remembrance of Things Past
Sometimes there is no main verb at all, or the sentence is an anacoluthon, beginning in one way and ending in another.
-- Anthony Hope, The Prisoner of Zenda
Anacoluthon has a very literal meaning in Greek. The root kolouth- meant "march." However this root has two prefixes. First, the prefix a- means "together." The other prefix "an-" means "not following." In Greek anakólouthos meant "not following."
The sentence must, in some way, relate to the news of the day. The Review threads are linked for your edification. ;-)
Practice makes perfect.....post on....
Review Thread One: Word For The Day, Thursday 11/14/02: Raffish
Review Thread Two: Word For The Day, Tuesday 1/14/03: Roister
Review Thread Three: Word For The Day, Tuesday 1/28/03: Obdurate
WFB's attempt to emulate us ; ) No pushing at the door please!
Rise and shine!
That was exceptionally informative...Look, a squirrel!!!
“So we were following along with the events transpiring in the Benghazi complex and then ... Squirrel!” — Embarrassador Susan Rice
Great minds think ... uh, what were we talking about?
Now is the time for all good men...Oh to hell with it.
I bet the most common anacoluthon was on Election eve:
“We’ll finally be rid of that- SUNUVABEECH!!!!”
I always thought an anacoluthon was someone who was crazy about--WAIT--that's wrong!
Anacoluthons are not too different from paraprosdokians.
Example of a paraprosdokian: Where there’s a will, I want to be in it.
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A for you! I have lost all my old data for the thread due to a computer crash. Sorry if replacements aren’t showing up correctly.
What’s the word for a sentence that abruptly stops mid-stream, usually after the verb? I’ve got a close relation who can simply not finish a sentence. Most just fade away about half-way through leaving the listener waiting endlessly for the end. Hasn’t improved in 30 years.
Ann looks nice - is that a boob job?
So, Democrats like free enterprise, entrepreneurs, small business and socialism.
Cognitive dissonance much?
Good morning! Tomorrow is just a day away.....
The Democrat Party: The Evil leading the Stupid.
say what you will about her, i think Ann Coulter looks damn good for 50 yo.
This is where parallel universes would come in handy. Let the Democrats who believe all is fine with Social Security because they have trillions in the “lock box” live in one and those who understand that the money is gone live in another.
Yowza. A+ for you.
Which is why I am begging them to drive us over the fiscal cliff. DO IT BOEHNER, I DARE YOU! A+ for you, Neo.
Whether we believe in parallel universes or not, it’s clear that we live in one and the dems live in another. parallel universe, alternate reality, down the rabbit hole, however you want to put it.
They have just been around longer. A for you.
He may be right. A+ for you.
Are you alluding to the anniversary of my 39th?
I just got dressed - and now I have my anacoluthon......
the 15th anniversary of your 39th? ; )
A little on the etymology: This word comes from the Greek akoloutheo, which means "to follow." When you put an "a-" in front of a word in Greek (or, in this case, an "an-," since it precedes a vowel sound), that is called an alpha privative, since the alpha prefix negates the word. So "anacoluthon" means "There is nothing following" or "It does not follow" (cf. the Latin non sequitur).
Another derivative of akoloutheo: "acolyte," someone who "follows" the priest around in the chancel.
Thank goodness. Now you can open the curtains. A for you.
I wouldn’t want my neighbors to see my paraprosdokians.......
For a one hit wonder? I don’t think so. Unless they have the dancing midgets from the video. ;-)
Al Gore had that Rolling Stone cover that prominently featured his alpha privatives.
No, not even one of them. ;)
They might call the grammar police and I would be charged with gerunding without a license............
You cannot quote redneck firemen and be grammatically correct. I had to type up the minutes to our meeting last night. OMG....those squiggly green lines were everywhere. LOL
Hey vast, i seem to recall you are familiar with Cafe Britt from Costa Rica? i am so excited, a coworker is going on a vacation to Costa Rica next week and i’ve given her some $ to bring me back some coffee!
The worms crawl in, the worms crawl out,
The worms play pinochle on your snout..........
In case you were wondering, the “~” character, called a ‘tilde’, is sometimes referred to by some people as a ‘worm’, ergo, there were ‘worms’ all over your document........
Redneck firemen are not too choosy.
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