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Wise Wednesday Grammar: Figures of Speech (Apostrophe)

Figure of speech.



(Greek ἀποστροφή, apostrophé, "turning away"; the final e being sounded)

Is an exclamatory rhetorical figure of speech, when a speaker or writer breaks off and directs speech to an imaginary person or abstract quality or idea. In dramatic works and poetry written in or translated into English, such a figure of speech is often introduced by the exclamation "O".


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