For abnormal figures
lying outside the range of common speech, while
they are for that very reason more striking, and
stimulate the ear by their novelty, prove cloying if
used too lavishly, and make it quite clear that they
did not present themselves naturally to the speaker,
but were hunted out by him, dragged from obscure
corners and artificially piled together.
Quintilian. With An English Translation. Harold Edgeworth Butler. Cambridge. Cambridge, Mass., Harvard University Press; London, William Heinemann, Ltd. 1922.
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