Wednesday, January 20, 2016
Citations for aposiopesis
“ … It's their job, when you come to think of it; but it'll be jolly difficult to get them to take it on, whereas you and I ——” And he turned away with a shrug to point his admirable aposiopesis.
I can't even is just the latest iteration of an ancient figure of speech. It's established enough to have a fancy Greek name—aposiopesis.
Origin of aposiopesis
Aposiopesis comes from the Greek word of the same spelling that translates to "a full silence." It is ultimately derived from the Greek verb siōpáein meaning "to be silent." Aposiopesis entered English in the mid-1500s.