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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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