Robin Leech robinl at CONNECT.AB.CA
Wed Jun 14 17:17:14 CDT 2000

Good thing you asked about "enallage".  Challenged, I started looking into
my grammar and regular dictionaries.  Taint there.  So, I then looked in the
fount of all English language words, the Oxford English Dictionary.  Voila.
There it is defined.  It is not an every-day word, and Mimi Harrington is to
be commended on calling it up.
Robin Leech
----- Original Message -----
From: "Bernarr Kumashiro" <bkumash at ELELE.PEACESAT.HAWAII.EDU>
Sent: Wednesday, June 14, 2000 2:23 PM
Subject: Re: Blooper

> At 09:07 AM 6/14/00 -0400, Don McAllister wrote:
> >Mimi Harrington wrote:
> >
> >> I believe it is a figure of speech. In this case it is (I think) an
> enallage. An
> >> effective, intentional grammatical mistake.
> >>
> >> m harrington
> >
> >Couldn't he have been in London on August 10th, when he/she should have
> been in
> >Paris on August 11th?  Hence wrong place, wrong date.
> >
> >don
> >Don McAllister
> Yes, Don, you are correct and I fully understand this. Also, as used,
> Ceska is also correct. But this is not what I meant. I did not make myself
> clear and for this I apologize. The situation is when an unfortunate
> incident has occurred, such as a bad car accident, and someone remarks,
> was at the wrong place at the wrong time". This is a common expression
> which I had assumed that all of you had heard. My line of thinking would
> follow along that of Tom Lammers, where it involves mass, time and space.
> still have a hard time comprehending this, but as others have mentioned,
> is just a play on words to create effect. I should just get less serious
> and just relax.
> One more thing. Is there such a word as "enallage"? I can't seem to find
> in the dictionary.
> Bernarr
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