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Word For The Day, Thursday, November 29, 2012 anacoluthon
dictionaries ad nauseam | 29 November 2012 | Thursday's sub

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 so—I just get angry.
2. An instance of anacoluthia.


Example sentences:
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

Etymology:
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 Threads:

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!


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1 posted on 11/29/2012 4:43:47 AM PST by secret garden
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To: secret garden; Fierce Allegiance; Jack Deth; K4Harty; miskie; Dutchgirl; cardinal4; MoochPooch; ...

Rise and shine!


2 posted on 11/29/2012 4:45:30 AM PST by secret garden (Why procrastinate when you can perendinate?)
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To: secret garden

That was exceptionally informative...Look, a squirrel!!!


3 posted on 11/29/2012 4:59:34 AM PST by Mycroft Holmes (<= Mash name for HTML Xampp PHP C JavaScript primer. Programming for everyone.)
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To: secret garden

“So we were following along with the events transpiring in the Benghazi complex and then ... Squirrel!” — Embarrassador Susan Rice


4 posted on 11/29/2012 5:00:12 AM PST by NicknamedBob ("P" for present, "C" for coal, right, Bernard?)
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To: Mycroft Holmes

Great minds think ... uh, what were we talking about?


5 posted on 11/29/2012 5:01:46 AM PST by NicknamedBob ("P" for present, "C" for coal, right, Bernard?)
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To: secret garden

Now is the time for all good men...Oh to hell with it.


6 posted on 11/29/2012 5:02:20 AM PST by left that other site (Worry is the Darkroom that Develops Negatives.)
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To: secret garden

I bet the most common anacoluthon was on Election eve:

“We’ll finally be rid of that- SUNUVABEECH!!!!”


7 posted on 11/29/2012 5:09:41 AM PST by theDentist (FUBO; qwerty ergo typo : i type, therefore i misspelll)
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To: secret garden

I always thought an anacoluthon was someone who was crazy about--WAIT--that's wrong!

8 posted on 11/29/2012 5:09:49 AM PST by TruthShallSetYouFree (July 4, 1776: Declaration of Independence. Nov 6, 2012: Declaration of Dependence. R.I.P. America.)
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To: secret garden

Giant Anacoluthon


9 posted on 11/29/2012 5:10:00 AM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas exercitus gerit ;-{)
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To: Mycroft Holmes
A for you.
10 posted on 11/29/2012 5:23:24 AM PST by secret garden (Why procrastinate when you can perendinate?)
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To: secret garden

Anacoluthons are not too different from paraprosdokians.

Example of a paraprosdokian: Where there’s a will, I want to be in it.


11 posted on 11/29/2012 5:31:34 AM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: NicknamedBob

< img src=https://encrypted-tbn2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQhj7C6b6-TTnuqu1fD_wB_BPK6kRkgP1exKyMIDDINEG_oGgDz>
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.


12 posted on 11/29/2012 5:38:23 AM PST by secret garden (Why procrastinate when you can perendinate?)
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To: secret garden
Very little anacoluthon about Dhimmicrats, socilaists.
13 posted on 11/29/2012 5:40:07 AM PST by NeoCaveman (SMOD 2012)
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To: NicknamedBob

14 posted on 11/29/2012 5:40:37 AM PST by secret garden (Why procrastinate when you can perendinate?)
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To: left that other site

15 posted on 11/29/2012 5:43:16 AM PST by secret garden (Why procrastinate when you can perendinate?)
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To: theDentist
A for you.
16 posted on 11/29/2012 5:44:58 AM PST by secret garden (Why procrastinate when you can perendinate?)
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To: secret garden

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.


17 posted on 11/29/2012 5:45:42 AM PST by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: TruthShallSetYouFree

Ann looks nice - is that a boob job?


18 posted on 11/29/2012 5:46:56 AM PST by tioga
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To: NeoCaveman

So, Democrats like free enterprise, entrepreneurs, small business and socialism.

Cognitive dissonance much?


19 posted on 11/29/2012 5:47:26 AM PST by SoothingDave
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To: secret garden

Good morning! Tomorrow is just a day away.....


20 posted on 11/29/2012 5:48:24 AM PST by tioga
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To: SoothingDave

The Democrat Party: The Evil leading the Stupid.


21 posted on 11/29/2012 5:49:35 AM PST by NeoCaveman (SMOD 2012)
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To: TruthShallSetYouFree

say what you will about her, i think Ann Coulter looks damn good for 50 yo.


22 posted on 11/29/2012 5:51:02 AM PST by xsmommy
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To: secret garden
Anacoluthon is defending his call for a recession.
23 posted on 11/29/2012 5:53:40 AM PST by xsmommy
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To: NeoCaveman

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.


24 posted on 11/29/2012 5:59:13 AM PST by SoothingDave
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To: TruthShallSetYouFree
She has a lot of masculine features, doesn't she? A+ for you.
My spouse, the computer genius, has managed to find the file of my used words on the crashed laptop so I can now report this is a review word for us.
25 posted on 11/29/2012 6:02:45 AM PST by secret garden (Why procrastinate when you can perendinate?)
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To: JoeProBono

Yowza. A+ for you.


26 posted on 11/29/2012 6:04:29 AM PST by secret garden (Why procrastinate when you can perendinate?)
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To: NeoCaveman

Which is why I am begging them to drive us over the fiscal cliff. DO IT BOEHNER, I DARE YOU! A+ for you, Neo.


27 posted on 11/29/2012 6:06:00 AM PST by secret garden (Why procrastinate when you can perendinate?)
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To: SoothingDave

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.


28 posted on 11/29/2012 6:06:26 AM PST by xsmommy
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To: afraidfortherepublic

They have just been around longer. A for you.


29 posted on 11/29/2012 6:06:59 AM PST by secret garden (Why procrastinate when you can perendinate?)
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To: xsmommy

He may be right. A+ for you.


30 posted on 11/29/2012 6:09:43 AM PST by secret garden (Why procrastinate when you can perendinate?)
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To: SoothingDave
I'm tempted to see if Paula wants to go see them tonight with me. xshub is out of town, so we are going to have a girls night out. her husband is on call.
31 posted on 11/29/2012 6:10:01 AM PST by xsmommy
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To: tioga

Are you alluding to the anniversary of my 39th?


32 posted on 11/29/2012 6:20:03 AM PST by secret garden (Why procrastinate when you can perendinate?)
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To: secret garden

I just got dressed - and now I have my anacoluthon......


33 posted on 11/29/2012 6:20:08 AM PST by Red Badger (Lincoln freed the slaves. Obama just got them ALL back......................)
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To: secret garden

Am I?


34 posted on 11/29/2012 6:27:15 AM PST by tioga
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To: secret garden

the 15th anniversary of your 39th? ; )


35 posted on 11/29/2012 6:29:54 AM PST by xsmommy
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To: secret garden
anacoluthon

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.

36 posted on 11/29/2012 6:30:47 AM PST by Charles Henrickson (It's all Greek to me, which is a good thing.)
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To: Red Badger

Thank goodness. Now you can open the curtains. A for you.


37 posted on 11/29/2012 6:30:57 AM PST by secret garden (Why procrastinate when you can perendinate?)
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To: secret garden
i say we all get up and do a safety dance in order to gear up for that!
38 posted on 11/29/2012 6:32:00 AM PST by xsmommy
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To: Charles Henrickson
Great addition to the thread, thanks! Now everyone should go read this. It's a beautiful slap.
39 posted on 11/29/2012 6:32:59 AM PST by secret garden (Why procrastinate when you can perendinate?)
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To: secret garden

I wouldn’t want my neighbors to see my paraprosdokians.......


40 posted on 11/29/2012 6:35:27 AM PST by Red Badger (Lincoln freed the slaves. Obama just got them ALL back......................)
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To: xsmommy

For a one hit wonder? I don’t think so. Unless they have the dancing midgets from the video. ;-)


41 posted on 11/29/2012 7:15:45 AM PST by SoothingDave
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To: Charles Henrickson

Al Gore had that Rolling Stone cover that prominently featured his alpha privatives.


42 posted on 11/29/2012 7:21:25 AM PST by SoothingDave
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To: Red Badger

No, not even one of them. ;)


43 posted on 11/29/2012 7:24:26 AM PST by secret garden (Why procrastinate when you can perendinate?)
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To: secret garden

They might call the grammar police and I would be charged with gerunding without a license............


44 posted on 11/29/2012 7:26:47 AM PST by Red Badger (Lincoln freed the slaves. Obama just got them ALL back......................)
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To: Red Badger

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


45 posted on 11/29/2012 8:11:20 AM PST by tioga
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To: VRWCmember

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!


46 posted on 11/29/2012 8:14:55 AM PST by xsmommy
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To: tioga

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

The worms crawl in, the worms crawl out,

The worms play pinochle on your snout..........


47 posted on 11/29/2012 8:17:35 AM PST by Red Badger (Lincoln freed the slaves. Obama just got them ALL back......................)
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To: tioga

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........


48 posted on 11/29/2012 8:26:06 AM PST by Red Badger (Lincoln freed the slaves. Obama just got them ALL back......................)
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To: Red Badger

Redneck firemen are not too choosy.


49 posted on 11/29/2012 8:33:12 AM PST by tioga
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To: TruthShallSetYouFree
You may be confusing the term with AnnCoulterthon, which would be a fundraiser for -- hey, it could happen!
50 posted on 11/29/2012 8:52:58 AM PST by mikrofon (I thought she was a Conservative ba... -- boy, she gets me mad lately.)
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