Quote: "Every day brings something new. Obviously right now, what's new is bad." White Sox slugger Paul Konerko, after his team lost five straight games
Figure of Speech: traductio (trah DOOK tee oh), a repetition that modifies a word
Technically, Konerko uses a traductio (Latin for "transfer"), which repeats a word to modify it. But he also modifies a sunny commonplace by throwing a cloud over it. We know of no name for a figure that twists a cliche around. Any suggestions?
Snappy Answer: Look on the bright side of life, and you get the sun in your eyes.