September 18th, 2009

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Hi everyone! Might be a little late - unsure, but here we go anyway.

Aposiopesis [ap-oh-sahy-oh-pee-sis]
noun

Means
A sudden breaking off in the midst of a sentence, as if from inability or unwillingness to proceed, usually indicating rage or frustration/exasperation. As in "Why I oughta..!" or "One more step and I'll.."

Comes from
From Late Latin aposiōpēsis, from Greek, aposiōpān, to become silent: apo-, intensive pref.; see  apo- + siōpān, to be silent (from siōpē, silence).

Read it
Frustrated with the decreasingly funny sentence uses from nerdfurysea_gaagii wrote a very stern email, filled with exclamation marks and frowny faces. "One more boring sentence, nerdfury," he wrote, "and I'll start threatening with aposiopeses!" Thus demonstrating poor use of aposiopesis.