Exercises in Style - Section 6 Summary & Analysis

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Apheresis (a form of language in which the first letter or syllable of a word falls away as the word evolves into a new form). In this very short version of the story, the words are mere suggestions of what the usual words would be, having been altered in the way described. For example, "Ent at won here as ree eat" ("He went and sat down where there was a free seat").

Apocope. In this version, the reverse takes place—words and phrases have been altered to remove their latter letters and words. "Then he w and s d because th w a f s." is "Then he went and sat down because there was a free space."

Syncope. In this version of the story, middle syllables and letters are removed. "Then he occed a vnt st" is "Then he occupied a...

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