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Cry chiasmus ... and let loose the blogs of words!

If you're hooked on homonyms and homophones,
find out here how you can make them sing ...
rhetorically, that is!

Long before I became passionate about homonyms and homophones — indeed, before I even knew about the terms — I would sometimes construct what I thought were interesting sentences with a twist.

Essentially, I'd try to use two words in a phrase in one sense, then reverse the words to produce a different sense ... if I could.

One of my very early efforts is this:

An even earlier attempt — perhaps not so insightful — was this one:

Those first attempts — and others not fit to reproduce here — made me fully realize the importance of sense and sound in the use of language. What I didn't know then is this: the phrase reversal that you see above has a specific name, called...

CHIASMUS (pronounced ky-AZ-mus)

I didn't know that until July 2001.

I'm sure you've seen more than one example of chiasmus in your travels. As a rhetorical device, I think there is no equal.

What is even more intriguing is that the man who brought this term to my attention — Dr Mardy Grothe — has a website devoted to the entire topic of chiasmus:

Following my discovery of chiasmus and Mardy Grothe, I got stuck into trying my hand, and created quite a few such quotes, to the extent that I now (2014) have three published volumes:

You can see a sample of those for Volume 1 by clicking here.

You can savor a few from Volume 2 by clicking here.

And, you can rip into more in Volume 3 by clicking here.

Now, seeing as how I can't stop, I keep thinking of more bons mots for your perusal (and amusement, I hope)....

Remember also, homonyms and homophones form the backbone of chiasmus...

So, to get you going with words that sound the same as each other ... well, you can get those right here, with Roger’s Reference!

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Curiously Common Words
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AD HOC....

2017, August

Slow recuperation allows time for reflection about many things, especially life's brevity and one's goals.

In fact, a few months back, and given the technological trends in the last ten years, I decided a major change was needed to make my work and offerings here more accessible.

Well, as a first step, I've decided to convert the main homonym & homophone dictionary into a mobile app for cell phones and tablets. With the help of my partner and wife, Sherry, I'm hoping to have that job done by mid 2019. If I'm lucky enough, I'll then convert all other products here to the same mobile format, thus eventually dispensing with all ebook and printed versions.

I figure that will be easier all round for those interested. And, I'll continue to comment on progress here.

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