Word of the Day (February 5, 2013): epexegesis

– noun:

[ep-ek-si-JEE-sis]

Definition:

1. the addition of a word or words to explain a preceding word or sentence.

2. the word or words so added.

Examples:

1. But you did establish personal contact?  In epexegesis or on a point of order?

– James Joyce, Finnegan’s Wake

2. One of the most striking peculiarities of colloquial speech in Dutch, and of natural free talk in general, is what is called epexegesis.

– Jan Gonda, Selected Studies

[From Dictionary.com]