Dec. 25th, 2004

Fowler:
"Two figures distinguished by scholars, but confused in popular use....
Examples of syllepsis are: Miss Bolo went home in a flood of tears & a sedan chair. / He lost his hat & his temper....
Examples of zeugma are: Kill the boys & the luggage! / The pineapple was eaten and the apples neglected. / With weeping eyes & hearts. / See Pan with flocks, with fruits Pomona crown'd.

... The difference is that syllepsis is grammatically correct but requires [a] single word to be understood in a different sense with each of its pair ... whereas in zeugma the single word actually fails to give sense with one of its pair .... "

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