View Full Version : WFTWE #141....Zeugma....Slow-news weekend, so it's a random word again.....

Billy T
12-02-2005, 05:51 PM

A literary device of using word to modify two other words
with only one of which it is correctly used.

Anybody like to volunteer some examples?


Billy 8-{)

P.S. Sorry WFTWE is late, Mrs T had some very reasonable
demands that I had to comply with, or lose all privileges. :eek:

12-02-2005, 07:47 PM

This also an ancient town strangely enough it's greek, perhaps thats why the word is so odd/confusing/what have you

Ok so it makes more sense
She opened the door and her heart to the orphan.
The addict kicked the habit and then the bucket.
to wage war and peace
He lost his coat and his temper.

found here (http://www.wunderland.com/WTS/Alison/lexophilia/sub-things/zeugma.html)

and the best one

She lowered her standards by raising her glass, her courage, her eyes and his hopes.

13-02-2005, 02:24 AM
And surely Nigel, *the best one* deserves a credit for the authors, the wonderful Flanders & Swan.
Their song, "Have Some Madeira, M'Dear" could be warbled in full by hordes of party-goers in my student days - plus assorted verses of their countless other gems.
The renditions grew more dramatic as the rows of empties grew longer.
(Now where did I store that pile of old LPs?)
There should be a nostalgia smiley...