Epiphora Repetition

Epiphora (A Type of Deliberate Repetition)

There are three main types of repetition: anaphora, epiphora, and commoratio.

Epiphora

Epiphora is deliberately repeating terms at the end of sentences. For example:
  • "He spoke with the wisdom that can only come from experience, like a guy who went blind because he looked at a solar eclipse without one of those boxes with a pinhole in it and now goes around the country speaking at schools about the dangers of looking at a solar eclipse without one of those boxes with a pinhole in it.
  • "She's safe, just like I promised. She's all set to marry Norrington, just like she promised. And you get to die for her, just like you promised."
  • (Jack Sparrow)

Epiphora in Business Writing

Here is an example of how epiphora might appear in business correspondence:
  • In our opinion, the answer to the current situation is not making 10 people redundant. All that achieves is making 10 people redundant.

See Also

What is anaphora? What is commoratio? Glossary of grammatical terms