BRAINTENANCE: What Would You Call This Type Of Wordplay?
Dear Thinkers and Occasional Sufferers Living The 'Examined Life'" :
There are all types of wordplay...Palindromes, Tom Swifties, Hyperbole, Rhymes, Oxymorons, Paradoxes (which are cousins of the oxymorons, by the way) and a veritable panoply of poetic devices that we suffered through in junior high school. Synecdoche, anyone? (Def: A figure of speech in which a part is substituted for the whole. An example: "Lend me a hand.").
But please come back afterwards.
Here are two questions:
1. What is the appropriate term for an expression used to denote a grouping of animals of the same species? For example: school of fish; pride of lions, pod of whales, gaggle of geese, murder of crows, pack of wolves...
2. What would you call this type of wordplay?
"There are two types of people in this world. There's the type who divide the world up into two types of people and the type who don't."
I'll have to get back to you. I am working hard at being lazy and trying to accelerate my command of procrastination.
p.s. One of my daughters asked me when she was quite young, "Dad, if you find the right term for something, how come that isn't called 'termination'?" When I replied, "It's usually called something else, like classification or categorization," she retorted, "That makes no sense. classification would be if you found your class and categorization would be if your found your cat."
p.p.s. One of my friend Stu's favorite lyrics was from a 1960's song performed by the Byrds. As I recall: "I was so much older then/ I'm younger than that now."
A curious optical illusion follows, sent to me by friend and colleague, Rick Itzkowich (a writer for THE NATIONAL NETWORKER Newsletter). I have titled it "The Fallacy Of Classical Architecture"
Thank you, Rick. Perception, unchecked, is subjective reality. I simply see a row of wrenches, or perhaps tomahawks.
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