Monday, April 9, 2012

H is for . . .

Image courtesy: OCVA

Hendiadys. It's not easy to say, much less to define. But if you're a writer, it can be a powerful tool.

Definition from Wikipedia: The substitution of a conjunction for a subordination.

Say what? The basic idea is to use two words linked by a conjunction to express a single complex idea.

For example, Macbeth could have said, "It is a tale told by an idiot, full of furious sound", but that's nowhere near as cool as "full of sound and fury", is it?

Or how about, "Thine is the kingdom, power and glory"? Amen.

Today's "Name That Famous Brand":

One word: yum.

Yesterday's famous brand: Glad, as in plastic garbage and sandwich bags

Click on the A to Z Challenge button top right for a linked list of participants.


  1. Hershey's?

    And I have no idea how to pronounce your H word of the day, but it sounds like a neat concept.

  2. Love the picture! I had never heard of the word hendyiadys. Still not sure I know exactly what it means. LOL. The H product? At first I was going to say Hunts ketchup, but the "H" looks a little too narrow. So I'll guess it's a bottle of Hershey's chocolate syrup.

  3. Who wouldn't know Hersheys?! And now I want chocolate.

  4. Hershey's! I saw the picture and thought, "thank heaven I have chocolate in my house!" I'll wait until lunch to crack it open (I can eat lunch at 10 am, right?). ;)

  5. I had no idea that concept had a name!

  6. I love the words you find.

    Rhia from Five Minute Piece for Inspiration (around #862 on A to Z list)

  7. Now I'm craving chocolate! ;-) New follower here. I’m enjoying reading my fellow “A to Z”ers. I look forward to visiting again.


  8. Being from Australia, I honestly did not know what the chocolate bar was, but I have heard of Hersheys. Your 'H' word I think I can pronounce and I do understand its meaning, thanks to your explanation, but I have never heard or seen it ever before.


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