PRONUNCIATION: (a-nuh-kuh-LOO-thahn/thuhn)

MEANING: noun: An abrupt change in the middle of a sentence making one part inconsistent with the other.

ETYMOLOGY: From Latin anacoluthon, from Greek anakolouthos, from an- (not) + akolouthos (following), from a- (together) + keleuthos (path). Earliest documented use: 1706.

AN ACOLYTHON - a long TV program to raise funds for priests' assistants

ANACOLUSHON - absence of a conspiracy

AN ACOLUTRON - a newly discovered kind of subatomic particle, with a strange but apparently charmed life