Circumlocution (literally “talking around”) is a figure of speech in which the writer uses a more complex name for a noun rather than the standard name. This is often for comedic reasons (though it can be used seriously as well). Some examples:
- James used his trusty log-splitter to prepare firewood. [instead of axe]
- Take this thing that cuts through paper and other assorted items to your sister. [instead of scissors]
- The dawn-maker rose above the horizon. [instead of sun]
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