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A.Word.A.Daywith Anu Garg
Don't play with your food! All of us have heard that admonition as a child.
"Don't play with your language!" Imagine a utilitarian prehistoric cavemom chiding a child. "We use it for practical things, such as warning about a lion."
Of course, that's ridiculous. Language is to communicate: to share, alert, warn, scold, and much more. It's also to play, make jokes, and have fun.
In this week's AWAD we'll feature five words for rhetorical devices, to have fun with the language, to say things in an unusual way.
CONTEST: Can you come up with an original example of any of the words featured this
noun: A repetition of words or an idea in a reverse order.
Example: "To fail to plan is to plan to fail."
From Greek antimetabole, from anti- (opposite) + metabole (change), from meta- (after, along) + bole (a throw). Earliest documented use: 1589.
"Carl Sagan's antimetabole 'absence of evidence is not evidence of absence' immediately comes to mind."
Dieter Hartmann; A Multi-Messenger Story; Nature (London, UK); Jul 21, 2011.
A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:I ask you to judge me by the enemies I have made. -Franklin D. Roosevelt, 32nd US President (1882-1945)