Anaphora [uh-naf-er-uh] From the Greek, “carrying back” Rhetorical term for the repetition of a word or phrase at the beginning of a successive clauses Ex: I need to go to the bank, I need to do the laundry, and I need to clean my room. Ex: I went to the mall. Then I went to my friend’s house and I went to bed. Ex: Beautiful place, beautiful home, and a beautiful family.
Anecdote [an-ik-doht] From Greek, a-, an- “not”, ekdotos “published” A short account of a particular incident or event, especially of an interesting or amusing nature Ex: A student giving a speech about vacations, shared a story about her trip to Hawaii. Ex: When telling his son how to propose to his girlfriend, the father told him the story of his proposal to his wife. Ex: The teacher shared a story about a drinking and driving incident to his son who just got his permit.
Antanaclasis [ant-an-uh-klasis] From Greek “reflection, bonding, breaking against” A figure which consists in repeating the same word in a different sense Ex: If we don’t go to the mall, you don’t go to the mall. Ex: While we live, let us live. (1) Ex: Live and let live.
Antanagoge An’-tan-na’-go-gee From Greek. Ant “against” and anagoge “a leading up” The contradiction of a negative comment with a positive one Ex: When life gives you lemons, make lemonade. (1) Ex: I failed my test, but I will pass the next one. Ex: Hurricane Sandy caused a lot of damage, but at least it wasn’t like Katrina.
Antimetabole An’-ti’-me’-tab’-o-’le From Greek, anti “in opposite direction” and metabole “turning about” Reversal of repeated words or phrases Ex: When the going gets tough, the tough gets going. (1) Ex: My friend doesn’t annoy you, you annoy my friend. Ex: Your sister wasn’t talking about you, you were talking about my sister.