Thursday, February 9, 2012

Amphibolously

From William Gass's essay "The Aesthetic Structure of the Sentence," in his collection Life Sentences: Literary Judgments and Accounts, as he speaks about altering the epistemological and ontological status of a sentence:

Amphibolously: "[Harold said that if] the shabby-suited fellow at the front door was a Fuller Brush salesman [he was a monkey's uncle]."

A tousled word, amphibolously. The sympathetic reader deems it endearing and slightly inebriated.

[from Macgardens]

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