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Jul. 24th, 2009 - Zeugma

zeug·ma [ zoogmə ] (plural zeug·mas)
noun
Definition:
A figure of speech in which an adjective or verb is used with two nouns but is appropriate to only one of them or has a different sense with each, as in "During the race he broke the record and his leg"

[Late 16th century. Via Latin < Greek, "joining"]

zeugma. Encarta® World English Dictionary [North American Edition] © & (P)2009 Microsoft Corporation. http://encarta.msn.com/dictionary_/zeugma.html (accessed: July 24, 2009).

Example zeugma:
Bob used to be a circus clown. Until one day he just refused to perform the spectacular finalé. That day he was not fired from the cannon, but from his job.
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