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from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A change, as in the use of words; a metaphor.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A change, as in the use of words; a metaphor.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A departure from the literal use of words; a metaphor.


See tralatitious. (Wiktionary)


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  • It's not strange, mollusque, it's iroquoisy!

    May 30, 2009

  • Strangely enough, I also encountered this word for the first time yesterday, in reading said work!

    May 30, 2009

  • That's how I read it Milos, which I put down to the after affects of karaoke night on Thursday.

    May 30, 2009

  • Tralalalation...

    May 29, 2009

  • An irregular extension of tralation, which is a doublet of translation and indeed transfer (Latin lat- < *tlat- being the suppletive supine stem, cognate with perfect tul-, of present and infinitive fer-).

    In Latin, tra(ns)latio was used for a variety of linguistic transfers that we now distinguish as translation, metaphor, metathesis, and transposition.

    May 29, 2009

  • Discovered in Nabokov's Transparent Things. Given there as a synonym for metaphor.

    May 29, 2009