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Epizeuxis, epizeuxis, & epizeuxis

Postby eberntson » Sun Mar 03, 2013 7:39 pm

Epizeuxis
Ep`i*zeux"is (?), n. [L., fr. Gr. a fastening together, repetition, fr. to fasten to or upon; upon + to join, yoke.] (Rhet.) A figure by which a word is repeated with vehemence or emphasis, as in the following lines: -

Alone, alone, all all alone, Alone on a wide wide sea. Coleridge.

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On the web saw the sentence, "Today was the very, very, very first time I ever heard of the word epizeuxis."
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Re: Epizeuxis, epizeuxis, & epizeuxis

Postby Perry Lassiter » Mon Mar 04, 2013 5:46 pm

Sounds suspiciously like the madeup word epizootics, used around here for a variety of miscellaneous ailments. "I got the epizootics." There's freedom in spelling because I'm not sure I ever saw it written, only spoken.
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Re: Epizeuxis, epizeuxis, & epizeuxis

Postby Slava » Mon Mar 04, 2013 6:58 pm

Perry Lassiter wrote:Sounds suspiciously like the madeup word epizootics, used around here for a variety of miscellaneous ailments. "I got the epizootics." There's freedom in spelling because I'm not sure I ever saw it written, only spoken.

It's actually a real word. Epidemic - spreading quickly through the demos (people). Epizootic - spreading quickly through the zoo-sphere (animals).
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Re: Epizeuxis, epizeuxis, & epizeuxis

Postby Perry Lassiter » Tue Mar 05, 2013 12:04 am

Never heard it applied to animules. We rednecks aint that much eddicated.
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Re: Epizeuxis, epizeuxis, & epizeuxis

Postby Philip Hudson » Tue Mar 05, 2013 2:17 am

Yes indeed! When someone got sick and a diagnosis was not immediately made, the old folks were wont to declare the person to have epizoodia. I don't find this word in the dictionary but it was surely used by my elders. My grandmother was quick to make this diagnosis when I was lazy and uncooperative as a child. She "cured" me by hanging a bag of asafoetida on a string around my neck. That stuff will cure anything, or at least make you claim you are cured. You have never smelled stink if you haven't smelled this nostrum.
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Re: Epizeuxis, epizeuxis, & epizeuxis

Postby eberntson » Thu Mar 07, 2013 12:33 pm

Isn't epizoodia & epizootia Spanish?
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Re: Epizeuxis, epizeuxis, & epizeuxis

Postby Perry Lassiter » Thu Mar 07, 2013 5:05 pm

Most med terms have Latin derivations, if indeed these words are derived from anything.
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Re: Epizeuxis, epizeuxis, & epizeuxis

Postby Slava » Thu Mar 07, 2013 7:42 pm

I believe pretty much all words come from somewhere, excepting gibberish.

Our title word here, comes from:
Merriam-Webster wrote:LL, fr. Gk, lit., act of fastening together, fr. epizeugnynai to fasten together (fr. epi- + zeugnynai to join, yoke) + -sis
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Re: Epizeuxis, epizeuxis, & epizeuxis

Postby Perry Lassiter » Thu Mar 07, 2013 11:56 pm

Looks sorta loose-jointed though.
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