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Catachresis pieces

Another post has just vanished! I’m working on finding a backup to this one …


11 comments on “Catachresis pieces

  1. John W. Howell
    February 13, 2017

    Thanks, Professor Brennan

    • Kevin Brennan
      February 13, 2017

      Prepare for the exam.

      • kingmidget
        February 13, 2017

        This sounds like it might be painful.

      • Kevin Brennan
        February 14, 2017

        Be sure to ask for nitrous before undergoing catachresis.

  2. Audrey Driscoll
    February 13, 2017

    Well, the list included a couple of my faves — flaunt/flout and hone/home (as in “hone in on”), but unfortunately missed turbid/turgid, which I admit to messing up on before I realized the error of my ways. And “catachresis” is a word I hadn’t encountered before, so thanks for the introduction.

    • Kevin Brennan
      February 13, 2017

      Hey, thanks for the turbid/turgid tip! They seem kinda the same, but I never quite saw the difference. Oh, words!

  3. 1WriteWay
    February 19, 2017

    I recently listened to a podcast of a talk he gave, followed by an interview with Ian McEwan. It was very entertaining. Most interesting was his discussion of the history of words such as “hopefully” and their transition from one use to another. Their discussion reminded me that language is dynamic: new words are created, old words fall into oblivion, usage shifts with the times. Thanks for the link. It was a nice diversion 🙂

    • Kevin Brennan
      February 20, 2017

      English is like a lava lamp. I get it!

      By the way, how were you able to read this post? It disappeared a few days ago …

      • 1WriteWay
        February 21, 2017

        I read your post through Reader. Let’s just see if my comment goes through …

      • Kevin Brennan
        February 21, 2017

        Interesting, so the post is still visible on Reader but not on the blog itself. Your comment shows up, though. Weird!

      • 1WriteWay
        February 21, 2017

        WP is just messing with you … again!

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