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Thread #153852   Message #3606036
Posted By: McGrath of Harlow
28-Feb-14 - 07:07 PM
Thread Name: BS: Omitted noun figure of speech
Subject: RE: BS: Omitted noun figure of speech
What happens in rhyming slang is that the rhyming word tends to be dropped - which of course is going to be the last word.

But it's a different linguistic trick really than dropping the noun where no rhyme is involved.

The Greeks used to go in for "stock epithets", such as in "wine-dark sea" or "ox-eyed Hera", especially Homer, to such an extent that they are referred to as "Homeric epithets". "New York's finest" and "foggiest notion" etc are really examples of the same thing in English. I wonder if the Greeks ever went in for dropped the noun and talking about "the wine dark" on its own. Seems quite likely to me.