Question about Devera

Gomi no Sensei gomi at speakeasy.net
Wed Mar 5 11:10:28 PST 2003

On Wed, 5 Mar 2003, Jason Derleth wrote:

> In Shakespeare's time it was considered a sign of intelligence if you 
> could spell words in many different ways; syntax abuses are quite 
> common in artistic writing. They even have names...synecdoche is where 
> one uses a part of what you are speaking of to replace the whole. (An 
> example: "They sent my lover's tallness off to war.") Strictly 
> speaking, if one is trying to convey meaning, these abuses obfuscate 
> intent, yet they make the language more beautiful and the meaning 
> somehow gets across anyway.

You have a special and interesting definition of 'abuse,' you do.

paul e.