Words II: Literary Terms

I remember the pretensions of my college days, everyone trying to use high fallutin’ words to outdo each another. I promise not to do that in this, my weekly segment on words. I will instead keep in mind simply that words are great. This week’s installment focuses on literary terms:

cacophony: using words to produce sharp and unmelodious effect.

ellipsis: three periods indicating missing text or a character trailing off. In our lazy times, this can sadly be referred to as dot, dot, dot.

malapropism: misusing or mispronouncing words for comic effect.