Once again, my bloggery bud Larry of Quest fame has stuck a wierd post into my head with the insertion of a single wierd word.
The word this week is……..*drum roll*…………ADYNATON!
Yeppers…good old adynaton. Haven’t heard that term since English comp 101 back in college…well, except for the times I would pull it out to totally impress my preteen home-schooled sons!
For those WITHOUT that inevitible clue…adynaton is exaggerating something so much that it becomes an impossibility.
“A few examples, PLEASE, Ms. Suze”, I hear my fellow wanderers speak???? okey dokey.
The title is an adynaton of sorts. everyone that actually reads my blog knows that something is usually “Larry’s fault” even if he hasn’t wandered by recently. no one, especially not Larry believes it.
“When pigs fly”..”It’s raining cats and dogs”…”my Mom is gonna kill me”…
No one believes that pigs will fly ..well, except six year old girls wanting to have the training wheels off their too large bikes………..no one thinks for a second that living breathing cats or dogs..but especially CATS are raining down.
Ok, so a bunch of Moms are actually hoping their kids continue to believe in kidicide…sorry.
The point is a literary term for lying through your teeth can be cool! (At least that is probably my point.
There are three instances of adynaton that I can’t get out of my head…Once again the trivia in my brain is thanks to good old Willy Shakespeare. That man seriously needs to find a different job.
The last example is biblical in nature…oh it has nothing to do with sex ya’ll, I mean it is straight outta the Bible!
Using Adynaton in a phrase:
1.”Will all great Neptune’s ocean wash this blood clean from my hand?” Macbeth
2. “Feather of lead, bright smoke, cold fire, sick health, still-waking sleep, that is not what it is! This love feel I, that feel no love in this.” Romeo and Juliet
3. “It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.” The Bible