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Today I think I’ll use… Anacoluthon


It’s fun to use obscure literary and rhetorical terms that nobody knows for techniques that we use all the time.

All anacoluthon really is is using funky syntax within a sentence so that the reader’s, or maybe the listener’s, expectations aren’t quite met and — well, it’s maybe more like ungrammatical speech with its odd breaks and, as I like to think of it, rhythmic peculiarities, sort of. Probably makes the reader sit up and pay a little more attention, so. Pretty cool.

Go ahead and use it!

7 comments on “Today I think I’ll use… Anacoluthon

  1. John W. Howell
    June 3, 2014

    I find it hard to believe I got up this morning with no thought of anacoluthon. Now I am planning and scheming to use it in some off-setting way. Curse you Literary Man.

  2. Amyclae
    June 3, 2014

    Anacoluthon, by all accounts, should be the name for a great Greek beast.

  3. 1WriteWay
    June 4, 2014

    Two things: (1) The word anacoluthon sounds like the name of Jessica Bell’s creepy Louisiana monster (inspired by H.P. Lovecraft); and (2) anacoluthon also sounds like what it means, much the same way that obfuscation sounds like what it means. Good to have you back, Kevin 🙂

    • Kevin Brennan
      June 5, 2014

      Right on both counts. Or it sounds like a video game heroine who kicks major ass with her laser cannon: Anna Coluthon, Space Pirate.

      (Good to BE back!)

      • 1WriteWay
        June 5, 2014

        There you go, Kevin! A new idea for a novel!

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