Friday, July 22, 2005

Neologisms: neophrasm, periphrasm

A neophrasm is a newly coined phrase. A periphrasm is a circumlocutory phrase. (A periphrasis is the process of circumlocution while a perphrasm is the actual phrase used.)


At 9:36 PM, Blogger Mister said...

Can you give me an example? Like, I tend to describe easy mental tasks by saying "it's not exactly rocket surgery." Is that the neophrasis or the periphrasm?

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At 12:17 AM, Blogger Twerpette said...

Yours is a good example of a neophrastic conflation. ;-)

Anytime someone says you are engaging in periphrasis, what you said is the periphrasm.

(As always, pontifications made here may not be infallible.)


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