Antanaclasis for everyone

From 50 Rhetorical Devices for Rational Writing (whatever that latter idea means), this delightful sample sentence in the definition of antanaclasis: 

Repetition of a word in a sentence in which a different meaning is applied each time: “If you aren’t fired with enthusiasm, you will be fired, with enthusiasm.”

Sooo good!

3 thoughts on “Antanaclasis for everyone

  1. Pingback: Antanaclasis for everyone | Eric Hayot

  2. This is an inkhorn renaming of one of the secondary definitions of syllepsis. I’m all for the proliferation of tropes; heaven knows they have been undervalued for some time.

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