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[38] It is the nature of metalepsis to form a kind of intermediate step between the term transferred and the thing to which it is transferred, having no meaning in itself, but merely providing a transition. It is a trope with which to claim acquaintance, rather than one which we are ever likely to require to use. The commonest example is the following: cano is a synonym for canto and canto1 for dico, therefore cano is a synonym for dico, the intermediate step being provided by canto.

1 In the sense of to repeat.

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