Skip to comments.Word For The Day, Friday, June 28, 2013 – asyndeton
Posted on 06/28/2013 4:43:35 AM PDT 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".
asyndeton \uh-SIN-di-ton\ noun
1. Rhetoric. the omission of conjunctions, as in He has provided the poor with jobs, with opportunity, with self-respect.
2. Library Science. the omission of cross references, especially from a catalog.
So how could Eddy, who could not sort his own, have made anything at all of the jumble of mixed motives and crossed purposes, ordinary and routine as heavy traffic, or seen design in their snarl of wills, feelings, and intentions, asynchronous and asyndeton as timber soaking in a logjam?
-- Stanley Elkin, The Magic Kingdom, 1985
The most brilliant general would be laughed atalbeit behind his backif he couldn't report his accomplishments using chiasmus and litotes, praeteritio and asyndeton and a thousand other absurdities.
-- David Drake, Out of the Waters, 2011
Asyndeton came to English in the late-1500s from the Greek roots a- + syndetos literally meaning "not bound together.
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!
"got it....that's what ya get when you stutter saying aston"
I notice the TOTUS never uses asyndetons in speeches, likely because it recognized the reader would likely show his confusion, his inability to make the logical leap of ideas, and would lose his place again.
Barack Obama, also known as The Won
Master of puffery and asyndeton
“I created, I killed
I’m outstanding, you’re thrilled”
If I hear a real achievement, I’ll send it on
Get your's today. For those not in the know, Trayvon's girlfriend claims he called Zimmerman a crazy ass cracker and that it is NOT a racial slur....so it's safe to wear doncha know.
excuse me, I meant to say creepy ass cracker.
Asyndeton is often used in formal writing, or speech.
Hey, hey, hey! (Is that asyndeton?) I read a headline this AM that “cracker” is not a racial slur in FL, but a mark of pride. Who knew?
So is “nigga” in certain communities.
You crazy ass cracker
I’m going back to FR....
Can’t hear you...What???
Please speak clearly, slowly and loudly.
One of my favorites! A++!