- anacoluthon \an-uh-kuh-LOO-thahn\
- DEFINITION noun : syntactical inconsistency or incoherence within a sentence;especially : a shift in an unfinished sentence from one syntactic construction to another
- DID YOU KNOW? Looking at examples of -- never mind that, we can't think of any -- let us look at the history of "anacoluthon." (Or maybe we can think of an example. The shift in the preceding sentence from "looking at examples of" to "let us look at the root of" is one!) "Anacoluthon" traces back to Greek "anakolouthos," which means "inconsistent" and is a compound of "an-" ("not") and "akolouthos" ("following"). Anacolutha (the word's plural form) frequently occur in speech and in literary writing especially to express excited or distraught emotion or thoughts.
on Jul. 18, 2011 at 8:57 AM