English has a lot of words. It has words for things you may not necessarily think there would be words for – particularly when it comes to language itself.
But words are fun, right? Of course they are! So, I thought I’d do a series on obscure linguistic and rhetoric terms. If one or more of them are new to you, then the next time you use a particular device, you’ll…realize that…it’s a thing?
Anyway, let’s get started.
Antimetabole is the reversal of a phrase when recast in a subsequent clause. Sometimes used for poetic emphasis or humor, sometimes merely for reflection. Think Yakov Smirnoff jokes.
- In knowing that the slog hates you, so should you hate the slog.
- The slog lives to fail, and in doing so fails to live.
Antimetabole. Use it.