Master of antanaclasis

H2G2_UK_front_coverHappy Towel Day!

A quick tip of the hat to the incomparable Doug Adams, whose works I’m rereading before I head off on my summer sojourn. Here are 2 examples of one of his favored devices (antanaclasis), both from volume I of H²G²:

“It’s unpleasantly like being drunk.” “What’s so unpleasant about being drunk?” “You ask a glass of water.”


“Come now or you will be late.” “Late?” said Arthur. “What for?” “What is your name, human?” “Dent. Arthur Dent,” said Arthur. “Late, as in the late Dentarthurdent.”

About Lizzie Ross

in no particular order: author, teacher, cyclist, world traveler, single parent. oh, and i read. a lot.
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5 Responses to Master of antanaclasis

  1. simon682 says:

    Brilliant. Always ready to be hit with a Douglas Adams joke.


  2. Marlyn says:

    I’ve always loved Adams’ use of language. Thanks for teaching me some new literary terms!
    Oh, and Happy Towel Day!


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