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syllepsis (si-LEP-sis), plural syllepses
noun: A construction in which a word governs two or more other words but agrees in number, gender, or case with only one, or has a different meaning when applied to each of the words, as in He lost his coat and his temper.
From Latin syllepsis, from Greek sullepsis, from sun-, + lepsis (a taking), from lambanein (to take).
"'Crossing', first of all, is an instance of syllepsis, a figure in which
one word is a pun for two different senses. Not only is the `Visionary'
(the character in the essay, as distinguished from the historical
Emerson) literally moving from one place to another, but he is also at
a crossroads, a crux. Cross, deriving from the Latin crux, means not only
a physical cross, but a fateful juncture."
This week's theme: Words about words
An act of goodness is of itself an act of happiness. No reward coming after the event can compare with the sweet reward that went with it. -Maurice Maeterlinck, writer (1862-1949)