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AWADmail Issue 644A Weekly Compendium of Feedback on the Words in A.Word.A.Day and Tidbits about Words and Language
From: Anu Garg (words at wordsmith.org)
Nearly 600 readers sent one or more entries in last week's contest inviting original examples of rhetorical devices featured in A.Word.A.Day. The entries were filled with practical advice, philosophy, humor, and more.
It's not easy to pick winners from so many superb entries, but someone has to do it. Winners, in no particular order, are:
Zeugma: He checked out the book and the librarian.
-Vanessa Rasmussen, Vineland, New Jersey (vrasmussen vineland.org)
Antimetabole: Repeated words are not words repeated.
-Cashman Kerr Prince, Norwood, Massachusetts (cprince wellesley.edu)
Synecdoche: In his youth he had been tall and strong, but by the time I met him he was a pair of aching knees.
-Mariejoy San Buenaventura, Salaya, Thailand (mariejoyasb gmail.com)
A special prize goes to the following entry that illustrates all five words of this week in one sentence:
Wall Street lives to work while the absolute and corrupt work to live on Wall Street.
-Joshua Marx, Brooklyn, New York (marx.joshua gmail.com)
Winners will receive their choice of any of these prizes:
o A copy of the word game One Up!
o A signed copy of any of my books
o "AWAD to the wise is sufficient" T-shirt
Thanks to all for participating. Read on for honorable mentions (more in the Extra).
My pet peeve in restaurants is the "Wait to be seated" sign. They never
tell the truth, namely, "Wait to be seated, so you may sit to be waited."
It's better to lose a moment in life than lose your life in a moment. (while
waiting for the light to cross the street, etc.)
Among Jews, I'm a non-Jew; among non-Jews, a Jew. (It's nothing too fancy,
but it's fairly true.)
It is easier to develop a round to defeat armor than armor to defeat a round.
Management of Change or Change of Management?
The most important thing in the world is not for a parent to have a good
child, but for a child to have a good parent.
Canada has entered an era of decision-based evidence-making instead of
The rat race creates a race of rats.
The truth of an assertion will not be determined by an assertion of truth.
A love of life leads to a life of love.
[Many readers mentioned "Have Some Madeira, M'Dear.]
Today I am visiting my dentist. He says, "Open your mouth and your wallet."
Of all the great musicians and their antics, nobody could quite play the
fool -- or the piano -- like Mozart.
The gambler sold his wedding ring and his conscience.
The poor man lost face and a job so he cried a tear and for help.
Donald Trump often makes dollars and seldom sense.
The girl was trying different clothes and her boyfriend's patience.
A farmer was standing too close to the threshing machine. He lost his
footing and a leg.
"Meet your deadlines or the pavement," the editor said.
In baseball, not one in a thousand bats bats a thousand. (also an
At the burger joint, the man who just walked in with his girlfriend said
to the cashier, "Vegetarian patty for me. Mad cow for her, please."
I've always liked the expression "jumping in with both feet" to indicate
total commitment. I don't understand how you can jump in with just one
foot or why it would be less of a commitment. I guess the opposite saying
would be "putting a toe in the water".
Pupils were all looking at the teacher.
It's easier to get a piece of tail if you've got wheels.
Water understands, of all the other elements, for ideas soften and become
palatable in water.
The Royals are defeated, long live the Royals!
This reminds me of the old joke about the inscription on a headstone:
The road was yellow and brick.
Twelve good men and true. (an old term for a jury)
Halloween is terrifying and fun.
Read more examples of antimetabole, zeugma, synecdoche, epanalepsis, and hendiadys on our website.
From: Ronnie Raviv (raraviv99 gmail.com)
"It wasn't my fault, Dolores, the SUV came out of nowhere!"
Charles was an impetuous man, who drove his car aggressively and his wife crazy. Out of the other vehicle emerged a large man in a track suit.
"Aw, man, now I gotta exchange information with Sopranos over there!?"
As Charles walked over to the larger man, already yelling, Dolores thought to herself, and not for the first time, whether he was worth it. She didn't answer her own thought, however, as it was -- mostly -- rhetorical.
Ronnie Raviv, Chicago, Illinois
From: Joan Perrin (perrinjoan aol.com)
It is true about ANTIMETABOLE,
While exercising to Zoomba,
The thing about SYNECDOCHE,
An EPANALEPSIS, you see,
HENDIADYS is a very nice,
Joan Perrin, Port Jefferson Station, New York
From: Elinor Lowry (elinorlowry gmail.com)
Drop us a line, they say ...
Elinor Lowry, Johannesburg, South Africa
A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:All our words are but crumbs that fall down from the feast of the mind. -Kahlil Gibran, poet and artist (1883-1931)