An Excellent Word

December 19, 2014 § Leave a comment


I have thought about and used this concept many times but never had the pleasure of naming it:

zeugma
A figure of speech in which, typically, a single verb is used to yoke together two or more parts of a sentence with different meanings. Some examples:
“The queen takes counsel and tea” (Pope).
“Mr Pickwick took his hat and his leave” (Dickens).

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