Saturday, April 30, 2005

Literary Word of the Month


Changing the class of a word - such as from a noun to a verb - usually for figurative purposes. The word teeth, for example, is a noun. But, when prefixed with de-, it becomes a verb:

"I'll deteeth thy mouth."
(Jason to Shakespeare, in a bar late last Friday, after the Bard gave him the figo.)

Post-lesson quiz:
Can you spot the unitalicized (and perhaps poor) use of anthimeria in this post? Enduring wisdom will be rewarded to all who answer correctly.


At 2:04 PM, Anonymous noella jeanette said...

I am sure I'm wrong, but wanted to at least try. Is it "unitalicized?"

At 6:31 PM, Blogger Jason Alden Williams said...

It is not. Italicized and unitalicized are the same class of word. They are both adjectives. The answer is a noun that I have taken the liberty of using as a verb.

At 6:32 PM, Blogger Jason Alden Williams said...

Thanks for trying, by the way. I appreciate all responses and comments.

At 11:21 PM, Anonymous noella jeanette said...

I don't get it. I just don't. I even went back and started to look at some of my Derrida texts from college--- and I cannot figure out how you played around further with another word.

I am getting a headache trying to figure this out. Either I am looking at the wrong post or I am getting frustrated by falling into a trap of intentional fallacy.

Oh well.

I just am not seeing it.

At 9:48 AM, Blogger Jason Alden Williams said...

Because I don't like just giving people answers, I'll give you another clue. It is in the first short paragraph of the post, and though it contains a prefix, this prefix is part of the noun - the change that makes it anthimeric is the addition of two letters to its end.

I assure you there is no intentional fallacy. The word is a little tricky because the verb form is not, like deteeth, all that uncommon. (That is why I made the remark that perhaps my use of anthimeria was poor.) But there is a noun in this post that has been manipulated to act as a verb.

One more clue: the letters added to change the class of the word are the same letters added in the example that is given.

If you are still frustrated, and would just prefer for me to give you the answer, email me and I'll email you back.

By the way, what did you think of the rest of the site?

At 8:39 AM, Blogger Erica said...


Prefix is a noun. You verb that noun by adding the-ed ending.

Am I too late?

Great site. Thanks!

At 10:43 AM, Blogger Jason Alden Williams said...

Thanks for the comment and the compliment. You're right, of course. (About the word, at least. As for the site, well, I'm trying.) I took a quick look at your site - I like it very much. It's comforting to read the words of someone who enjoys books and travel and who sees the truth about Bush.

Have you heard? The "i" word is being said, in ever louder volumes. (Go to and scroll down the articles.)

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