Wednesday, 26 December 2012

Entry: apostrophe (n.)


In context:  "The Moms revealed that if you're not crazy then speaking to someone who isn't there is termed apostrophe and is valid art."

Definition: Rhetoric. A figure of speech, by which a speaker or writer suddenly stops in his discourse, and turns to address pointedly some person or thing, either present or absent; an exclamatory address. (As explained by Quintilian, apostrophe was directed to a person present; modern use has extended it to the absent or dead (who are for the nonce supposed to be present); but it is by no means confined to these, as sometimes erroneously stated.)


Other: I had to include this one - and, as it turns out, Moms is (perhaps) somewhat incorrect.

SNOOT score: 1

Page: 592

Source: Oxford English Dictionary

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