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Friday, October 10, 2008

Enjambment

I just came across the word enjambment (in the alt-text for this comic if you really want to know). I recognised the word but couldn't remember what it meant. It's a pretty cool sounding word if you ask me - I don't know why, I guess it's something to do with the silent B. Anyway, I looked it up and I was mortified to find that it meant "the running on of the thought from one line, couplet, or stanza to the next without a syntactical break". I fucking hate that. It's the most pretentious thing ever.

It annoys me that such a cool word is used for such a terrible poetic device. I want to campaign to have a new meaning given to this word. What we now refer to as enjambment should be given a suitably ugly new name, like "skagugew".

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