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++!
That could also apply to Monica’s undergarments.
Him and Axl Rose.
(Explicit lyric warning. Duh.)
I was just listening to G&R last night.
“Bad Obsession” and “Don’t Damn Me” are two of my favorites. Both from Use Your Illusion I.
But you can’t beat just jamming Appetite while cruising in the car.
Little known is that it was Julius Caesar’s Greek advisor Syndeton who recommended changing the famous phrase from the original- “Veni et Vidi et Vici”
There is a cicada loose in the house-I’ve no idea how it got in, but it is providing the dog and all three cats with a good deal of amusement and exercise before one of them dispatches it...
The asyndeton and wordiness
From the emperor these days
Suggests he is floundering
In quite a number of ways-
There’s no time for hackers
He claims broke every rule
As Putin laughs and taunts him
And he looks just like a fool
Snowden isn’t stupid anyway-
The risk that he took is real
But Holder wants him in jail
And Putin has a better deal
We shouldn’t be surprised
At the laughing at the nation-
Instead of doing his job
The emperor goes on vacation
I like G&R-it is good driving music-I heard something I hadn’t heard in years this morning-a really weird song called “White Bird”. That classic rock station must have a new stoner DJ...
I was watching VH-1 in the hotel fitness center and they said Geffen had to beg MTV to play Welcome to the Jungle. They played it overnight and the band took off after that.
Amen to that! A+ for you!
Ive always been partial to 14 years, and Dust and Bones.
I don’t know that one. Any relation to Black Betty?
“You Ain’t the First” is one of the very few rock waltzes.
Hey tiger. I was in your state this week. I forgot how the coastal breeze makes the heat bearable. We sat outside in 95 degree weather and it wasn’t bad at all. It is an oven back home.
That is one of my favorite songs by a one hit wonder band-another is “Lunatic Fringe”-Red Ryder.
That White Bird song was slow and ponderous, and the words just wandered with little sense, like something you’d listen to at a party lit by a lava lamp, with air full of patchouli incense and pot smoke-hence my stoner comment.
With all the talk about G&R, I had to go and listen to a favorite-
“I used to love her, but I had to kill her
I used to love her, but I had to kill her
I had to put her, six feet under,
And I can still hear her complain”
Yes, when we fo to LBI, its like the change in the air, as you cross the bridge melts the heat, and your tensions.
And now we’re happier this way...
And I found the White Bird thing-http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NrFCwvlw0cs
We’re trying Virginia Beach this year, not the Jersey shore. In fact, 3 more days of work and then I’m off for 11 days.
Have you been to the Florida panhandle? I think those are the best beaches.
No, we flew to Orlando last year, but haven’t been to any Florida beaches. Road tripping is easier cause you can take more stuff.
Especially to the beach!