Today’s words follow the theme I started in a previous post: words that appear in print that you never hear spoken aloud. The source of the definitions is Google.
Raconteur: This noun refers to “a person who tells anecdotes in a skillful and amusing way.” I first saw it describe Alec Baldwin in his hosting role of the podcast Here’s the Thing. I haven’t gotten into podcasts in the past, but this one might be an exception. Alec is an engaging host and is able to elicit great stories from his guests.
Zeugma and syllepsis: You have to be even more of a word geek than I am to understand the meaning of these two words and the difference between them. Zeugma is “a figure of speech in which a word applies to two others in different senses (e.g., John and his license expired last week) or to two others of which it semantically suits only one (e.g., with weeping eyes and hearts).” Syllepsis is “a figure of speech in which a word is applied to two others in different senses (e.g.,caught the train and a bad cold ) or to two others of which it grammatically suits only one (e.g., neither they nor it is working ).” I’m not even going to attempt to go further with an explanation. If you’re interested, learn more here and here and here.