Word of the Day – July 18 – Anacoluthon

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Noun: Anacoluthon (an-uh-kuh-LOO-thahn)

Definition: Syntactical inconsistency or incoherence within a sentence; especially : a shift in an unfinished sentence from one syntactic construction to another

Sample sentence: Shakespeare uses anacoluthon to express the king’s emotion in this line from Henry V: “Rather proclaim it, Westmorelan, through my host, / That he which hath no stomach to this fight, / Let him depart.”

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