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What on Earth is a zeugma?!

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What on Earth is a zeugma?!

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  1. What on Earth is a zeugma?! …Is it me?

  2. Examples On your handout, infer the meaning of “zeugma” as best you can using the following examples:

  3. "You held your breath and the door for me." -Alanis Morissette, "Head over Feet”

  4. "She arrived in a taxi and a flaming rage." -John Lyons, Semantics. Cambridge Univ. Press, 1977

  5. "Whether the nymph shall break Diana's law,Or some frail China-jar receive a flaw,Or stain her honour, or her new brocade." -Alexander Pope, The Rape of the Lock

  6. Examples On your handout, infer the meaning of “zeugma” as best you can using the following examples: "She arrived in a taxi and a flaming rage."-John Lyons, Semantics. Cambridge Univ. Press, 1977 "You held your breath and the door for me."-Alanis Morissette, "Head over Feet” "Whether the nymph shall break Diana's law,Or some frail China-jar receive a flaw,Or stain her honour, or her new brocade."-Alexander Pope, The Rape of the Lock By the way, there’s a whole section on your handout for you to list examples. It would be a good idea to write them as we go.

  7. What definition did you come up with?

  8. ZEUGMA official definition: A rhetorical term for the use of a word to modify or govern two or more words although its use is grammatically or logically different for each. (adjective: zeugmatic) the layman’s definition: A word that causes the reader’s brain to trip over its own feet because it’s being used in two different ways at the same time.* *A PUN is when a single word can have more than one meaning in a sentence, whereas a zeugma is when one word is applied to two or more other words in different ways.

  9. Identify/Analyze Circle the word that is being applied in two different ways. Then draw an arrow to each of the words to which it is being applied differently. Example: "You are free to execute your laws, and your citizens, as you see fit."-Star Trek: The Next Generation

  10. "He carried a strobe light and the responsibility for the lives of his men." "But Ted Lavender, who was scared, carried 34 rounds when he was shot and killed outside Than Khe, and he went down under an exceptional burden, more than 20 pounds of ammunition, plus the flak jacket and helmet and rations and water and toilet paper and tranquilizers and all the rest, plus an unweighed fear." Do you know what book these came from??

  11. Create Use the following verbs to try creating your own zeugmatic sentences: to liberate to wrestle to adjust After the fight, he adjusted his collar as well as his pride. Works cited: about.com, Google Images