Schemes and Tropes

There’s that canon of (mostly Greek-originated) literary terms such as anacoluthon, cataphora, enjambment, hysteron proteron, etc. They cover all manner of sentential structures, syntactic and semantic. They provide classy names for puns and exaggerations and rhetorical devices.

But there doesn’t seem to be a name for one which nails down that mixture of archaism and modernism (especially slang) in such expressions as “That sky that late o’er us hath lowered, beginneth now to piss down on us” – unless somebody knows? It’s got to be more than just anachronism, it’s not really about the temporality of the things in the utterance.


  1. vimax says:

    How is it that just anybody can publish a blog and get as popular as this? Its not like youve said anything extremely impressive more like youve painted a quite picture about an issue that you know nothing about! I dont want to sound mean, here. But do you really think that you can get away with adding some quite pictures and not really say anything?

    • curator says:

      I’m not so bothered by the fact that you might sound mean but rather that you don’t appear to have understood that I’m not actually stating anything intended to be impressive. I’m asking a question. And you’re not answering. But then again, as you appear to be a spammer, posting three different and contradictory comments, that may not be too surprising.