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Scesis onamaton

 

Techniques > Use of language > Figures of speech > Scesis onamaton

Method | Example | Discussion | See also

 

Description

Scesis onamaton is the omission of the only verb in a phrase or sentence.

Example

Later, alligator! (Instead of 'see you later, alligator')

Not here. Not now. (Not do what here and now?)

Car. Now. (instead of 'Get into the car now).

Discussion

Scesis onamaton is a typical form in colloquial and casual speech and is used by authors to portray informal situations and relationships.

The lack of a verb limits its use to contexts where the verb is obvious. A typically use is in a command, where the action required is indicated by body language, such as a pointing finger meaning 'go' or a beckoning crooked finger meaning 'come here'.

The relaxed state the Scesis onamaton creates may also lead to the other person falling into an unguarded state where a persuasive message may be slipped.

Classification: Omission

See also

Assumption principle, Conversation techniques

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