Zeugma – (zoog-muh) A term for a word used to modify two others (e.g., John and his license expired last week).

Speaking of expired, check this out:

Along the bottom of stone: Her Humor Lives On

A type of zeugma is the syllepsis, in which a single word is applied to both words but with different meanings:

You are free to execute your laws, and your citizens, as you see fit.
-Star Trek: The Next Generation

Kill the boys and the luggage!
-William Shakespeare’s Henry V

You held your breath and the door for me
-Alanis Morissette

In reading about zeugma on this fine Saturday morn, (excuse me but there is snow on April 30?) I have learned that a debate brews over the semantics between zeugma and syllepsis. Some scholars use the terms interchangably, while others insist that the difference is distinct and necessary. I tend to side with the distinction, just ‘cuz. I have word love with all my heart and blog posts.

This is the end friends. What a fabulous month it’s been. In keeping up with the A to Z Challenge, I’ve learned that it was aptly named. It sounds so easy to say you’ll blog daily about something under the day’s letter…

It has been wonderful to discover new blogs! I have met some terrific new online friends and happily extend a big huggy welcome all of my new followers!

I hope you’ll continue to visit me!

My Z Read: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith.

My Z Listen: Jay-Z.  This guy is EVERYWHERE adding awesome to everything he touches.  Here is Coldplay feat. Jay-Z, I love the drum beat of this one.

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  1. Will you still blog about esoteric words, now that the A-Z is done? You did it, my friend, you made it from A to Z. Good job!!! :)

  2. What a great Z post. I just discovered your blog today, better late than never! Congratulations on making it to the end of the Challenge!

  3. @ Wendy – I think I must continue with the odd words. I’r been so fun. Need to come up with a catchy name for this. LOL

    @ Patty – Hooray for achievement of the challenge!! It has been a lot of fun for me. :)

  4. Thank you Elizabeth, what a funny award photo! I’ll post this on my Monday post for the wrap up on the challenge.

    @Pamela Jo, thank you!! It’s been great connecting with you as well.

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