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Parechesis. In this version of the story, the letters "bu", making the sound "buh" are interjected throughout, at times making nonsense words and syllables, at times placing more common words as substitutes for the originals. "But bussequently I buheld him with a buckish buddy who was busuading him to budge a button on his bum-freezer."

Spectral. This exercise is written in language similar to that of a so-called "gothic" novel ("Wuthering Heights" is an example), and presents the date of writing as 1783. The incident is presented as though the first man was a ghost and the speaker was a witness to the ghost's activities—for example, reacting to individuals (the second man, the friend) and situations (the stepping on the toes) that the narrator cannot see.

Philosophic. In the rich vocabulary and complicated structure of a philosophical textbook, this version of the...

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