Word of the Day: Epizuexis

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Word of the Day: Epizuexis

This is both a Word of the Day and a figure of speech. (Double word score?)

Definition: Repeating a word (or phrase) for emphasis. (Usually 3 times.)

For example, if you asked me what I did over Christmas, I might say: Eat and drink, eat and drink, eat and drink.

At which point, you might say: I heard you. I heard you. I heard you. (Or: Shut up! Shut up! Shut up!)

Epizeuxis is also very popular among small children. Frequently found in wheedling requests (demands?), like:

Want to watch Play Schoooooool! Want to watch Play Schoooooool!

Or, when expressing the negative when asked questions like: Do you want to go to bed?

No, no, no, no, no, no!

At which point, you say: Enough of your epizeuxis; the time of crepuscular bedlam has passed! It’s ablution o’clock!

No, no, no, no, no, no!

(I find I tend to mainly use epizeuxis with swear words; like when I curb a wheel on my car. See also, lalochezia.)

By | 2016-12-27T14:29:12+00:00 January 5th, 2016|Did you know, Personal, Rhetoric, WOTD|0 Comments

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