Comic Hyperbaton

I don’t believe I’ve ever seen this in manuals of rhetoric or lists of figures of speech, but these three sentences all use the same rhetorical trick:

  1. Nice we’re having weather, isn’t it?
  2. What’s a girl like you doing in a nice place like this?
  3. I’ve got high friends in places all over time.

The last is the title of one of the three good songs on what is apparently the only album by Scott McQuaig. Can anyone quote more examples? I have a feeling I’ve forgotten one or two.

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One Response to Comic Hyperbaton

  1. Alfred Kriman says:

    I’d propose “equivocal hypallage” or “dubious hypallage.” It might be nice to be able to replace the adjective with “plausibly deniable,” based on the political “plausible deniability,” but this leaves unclear what one would want to maintain the plausibility of denying. Presumably one might want to maintain hypallage as a merely stylistic hyperbaton, denying that the apparent sense is intended.

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