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Zeugma - Glossary of Terms


Zeugma

Zeugma is the use of a word, usually a verb, that acts on two or more other words with a different sense for each one.

Examples:

Tommy lost his wallet and his temper.
The skeptic opened the door and his mind.
The addict kicked the habit and then the bucket.

Interactive example:
 
Laura and Rev. Jones were the only ones singing. [show me the abbreviation]
 
Associated pages:
 
Overview of abbreviations
Using AD, BC, BCE and CE
Full stops (periods) in contractions
Forming the plurals of abbreviations
Using full stops (periods) in abbreviations
 
 

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