Daily Word: zeugma

zeugma (n.)

Pronounciation: zoog-muh

Meaning: a literary term for using one word, often a verb or adjective, to modify or govern two or more words such that it applies to each word in a different sense, or does not make grammatical or logical sense with all the words.

Synonyms: None. Syllepsis is similar, but not a synonym.

Do you have an example?

I saw Niagara Falls and the roar of the water hitting the rocks and lake below.

“Hey, Johan,” she called softly. “Break a leg out there, but I beg you not their hearts.”


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