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  •  Hendiadys sound and fury (5+ / 0-)

    Literally means 'one by means of two'

    Skillfully used, the conjoined words kind of oscillate so you cant quite pin down the emerging meaning.

    Law and Order is an example.  In some poltical discourse it can be difficult to decide where it has house and  home in the right-left theoretical spectrum.

    Shakespeare makes a lot of use of this in Hamlet, possibly to create sense of Hamlet's not quite solid mental state.

    Abstract and brief chronicles of the times (said of actors)

    Angels and Ministers of Grace defend us! A fantasy and trick of fame  could have an impact on the book and volume of my brain.

    And so on
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    Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent.

    by saugatojas on Sat Dec 08, 2012 at 07:39:11 PM PST

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