Friday, September 10, 2010

Essay: "....And So On." William Safire

The “dribble off” is the oral way of saying etc., etc., etc. when the speaker has gotten beyond control of his thought. It’s also called a “spoken ellipsis.” One way of expressing it is “…and so forth and so on.” Another: “blah-blah-blah.” Another: “duh-dah-duh-dah-duh-dah-duh-dah.” Another: Yah-duh Yah-duh Yah-duh. Another “…and what not,” or “…and like that.”

Coming to Terms. William Safire. New York: Doubleday. 1991.

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