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    The Early Bird Catches the Flu

    thurber.gifQuote:  "Early to rise and early to bed makes a male healthy and wealthy and dead." James Thurber.

    Figure of Speechpolysyndeton (polly SIN deh ton), the conjunction connector.

    The polysyndeton (Greek for "many connections") throws a conjunction between successive phrases or clauses -- healthy and wealthy and dead.

    It's a favorite figure among little kids:  "And then Sarah threw the truck and Billy, and he threw it back, and she jumped on him, and then we had story time."

    Snappy Answer:  "I'd like to be his poor relative.  A million inherited is a million earned."

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    Reader Comments (2)

    I explained this figure of speech to my students the other day just as you have with your example. They didn't find it as amusing as I did.
    March 13, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterShan
    Philistines. But would students ever find something "amusing"?--Fig.
    March 13, 2006 | Registered CommenterFigaro

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