Avoid embarrassment in literature class with these 12 pronunciations
As the school year picks back up again, so do your odds of having to say out loud a word in class that you’ve only ever seen on paper. Don’t worry: we’ve all been there before. That’s why we’re here to help with this list of 12 words whose pronunciation might trip you up. Obviously, you already know the definitions of these words, but we’ve included them here also – just as, you know, a friendly reminder. (Don’t say anaphora when you mean analogy!)
An analogy refers to ‘a comparison between two things, typically for the purpose of explanation or clarification’.
An anaphora is ‘the repetition of a word or phrase at the beginning of successive clauses’.
Denouement refers to ‘the final part of a play, film, or narrative in which the strands of the plot are drawn together and matters are explained or resolved’.
The German term doppelgänger refers to ‘an apparition or double of a living person’.
Metonymy refers to ‘the substitution of the name of an attribute or adjunct for that of the thing meant’, for example suit for business executive, or the turf for horse racing.
The word omniscient refers to a being that knows everything. In literature, the notion of an ‘omniscient narrator’ often comes up.
Pastiche can refer to ‘an artistic work in a style that imitates that of another work, artist, or period’ or to ‘an artistic work consisting of a medley of pieces imitating various sources’.
Rhetoric can refer to ‘the art of effective or persuasive speaking or writing, especially the exploitation of figures of speech and other compositional techniques’ or ‘language designed to have a persuasive or impressive effect, but which is often regarded as lacking in sincerity or meaningful content’.
Semiotics refers to the study of signs and symbols and their interpretation.
A simile is ‘a figure of speech involving the comparison of one thing with another thing of a different kind, used to make a description more emphatic or vivid (e.g. as brave as a lion)’. Don’t confuse it with smile!
Simulacrum can refer to either ‘an image or representation of someone or something’ or ‘an unsatisfactory imitation or substitute’.
A synecdoche refers to a ‘figure of speech in which a part is made to represent the whole or vice versa, as in England lost by six wickets (meaning ‘the English cricket team’)’.