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    Of All the Figures in All the Gin Joints …

    casablanca.jpgQuote:   “A kiss is just a kiss, a sigh is just a sigh…” “As Time Goes By,” from the movie “Casablanca”

    Figure of Speech:   ploce (PLO see), the braided figure

    You must remember this: the ploce (Greek for “plait”) changes meanings by repeating words and weaving other words between. In this case, Sam, the piano player in Rick’s gin joint, uses a ploce to diminish a kiss and a sigh.

    Snappy Answer:   “Play it, Sam.”

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