Sunday, July 31, 2011

Rhetoric - epizeuxis



epizeuxis [ɛpɪˈzuːksɪs] n.

1.) The immediate, emphatic repetition of a word (Garner's Modern American Usage 3rd Ed.).

Etymology: Modern Latin, adopted from Greek ἐπίζευξις, a fastening upon, from ἐπιζευγνύναι: from ἐπί, upon + ζευγνύναι, to yoke.

"Und der vorsichtigste Menschenfreund wird hinzufügen: „nicht nur das Lachen und die fröhliche Weisheit, sondern auch das Tragische mit all seiner erhabenen Unvernunft gehört unter die Mittel und Nothwendigkeiten der Arterhaltung!“—Und folglich! Folglich! Folglich! Oh versteht ihr mich, meine Brüder? Versteht ihr dieses neue Gesetz der Ebbe und Fluth? Auch wir haben unsere Zeit!" (Die Fröhliche Wissenschaft, Friedrich Nietzsche, 1882).

"And the most cautious friend of man will add: 'Not only laughter and gay wisdom but also the tragic, will all its sublime unreason, belongs to the means and necessities of the preservation of the species.' And therefore! Therefore! Therefore! Oh, do you understand me, my brothers? Do you understand this new law of ebb and flood? We, too, have our time!" (The Gay Science by Friedrich Nietzsche, Josefine Nauckhoff (trans.), 2001).

(Odin und Fenriswolf, Freyr und Surt, Emil Doepler, ~1905)
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20 comments:

i_love_weed said...

cool little poem :D

ivy's closet said...

This seemed to happen a lot while watching Friday Night Dinner, but I didn't seem to mind.

GMSoccerPicks said...

This is like reading the dictionary, but actually enjoying the process while doing it :)

Shaw said...

This word is useful! Useful! Useful!

Natasha said...

The internet can be antagonistic, but I just focus on the people who aren't purely on it to pee others off. And I agree with GMSoccorPicks. You should re-write the dictionary! Love the words you continue to choose. xxx

Rob said...

What an interesting blog. I might actually learn a thing or two haha.

D4 said...

This is something I do. And yet I don't see myself remembering this word.

And time to write something with the words. Let's see what I can do!

Drake Sigar said...

Echo, echo, echo...

Henry said...

TIGHT, TIGHT, TIGHT!!

Diego Sousa said...

really interesting info, as always! :)

dwizzt said...

nice nice nice

Meri said...

Often found in drama, I'm guessing...

JayJay said...

If only I were witty enough to come up with a whimsical repetions but, alas, my brain has been fried at school today. Like the word though.

Jenny Woolf said...

I don't know some of these rhetoric terms. I have an old book which gives sample passages for those learning oratory. I had better go through it and identify epizeuxis, so I can keep the word in my mind.

T Papar said...

chrome language tools dont recognize this word :P

Magixx said...

always a pleasure reading ur posts!
keep it up

Fang said...

Does this term also apply to things like "I told him that that is unacceptable"?

MRanthrope said...

must.learn...German!

ChaCha said...

Brilliant! Not sure when exactly I'd be able to use this word, though :s

Writer said...

I like the word, but I don't see me using it that often. LOL

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