Stunning figure (of speech)

15 Sep

New on the Sidebar of Shame, amid the barely-there beachwear, implied-object verbs and discontinuous transitions: zeugma!

And while J-Lo is “teasing her hair and new music”, Lewis Burton almost gets there by “brazenly flaunting his second holiday”, although for the true effect, of course, he would need to have been brazenly flaunting his manly physique and second holiday.

But it’s early days, and  there’s every reason to think Mail Online will master this new classical figure of speech  – after all, look at its command of hyperbole and euphemism. So what’s next? Naomi Campbell covering her face and Vogue Australia? Kim Kardashian pouring herself into a swimsuit and her work?

3 Responses to “Stunning figure (of speech)”

  1. the ridger September 16, 2020 at 3:19 pm #

    Flanders and Swann remain the masters of zeugma:
    And he said as he hastened to put out the cat, the wine, his cigar and the lamps

    She lowered her standards by raising her glass, her courage, her eyes and his hopes

    She made no reply, up her mind and a dash for the door.

    • edlatham September 16, 2020 at 3:29 pm #

      Yes! I love the third one especially

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