Grammar, Semantics

Word of the day: apokoinou

Awesome new linguistic term: apokoinou (from Greek: “in common”). It refers to the situation where a speaker changes her mind mid-sentence, and makes the last part of a sentence the first part of another. Like this:

“there were three crows sat on a tree”

“I can’t find my wallet is here”

Sounds weird? We do it all the time. Try saying the sentences above with some pauses in between segments, like:

“I can’t… find my… wallet is here!!

 

http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/apo%20koinou