Complaints from the Language People:

“What about your addiction to strange words?”

“Okay, here’s a word

you won’t  know!”

zeugma

 

And it’s weird…but fascinating

(dedicated to Seth, one of our visitors)

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zeugma — (n.)  “zyoog-, or zoog ma”  A figure of speech which is a word that applies to two other words in two different senses. (adj) zeugmatic

Huh?….

Okay, here are some examples:

 

• Both John and his license expired last night.

• The room was not light but his fingers were.

• With the last drop of her coffee Sharon’s hope disappeared.

 

(A useful word for Scrabble?)

 

[This is adapted from the the OED and Webster's New World College Dictionary.]