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Thread #153852   Message #3606356
Posted By: MGM·Lion
02-Mar-14 - 03:41 AM
Thread Name: BS: Omitted noun figure of speech
Subject: RE: BS: Omitted noun figure of speech
I'm reminded of Kingsley Amis's misanthropic eponym in One Fat Englishman who, enjoined by an American shop assistant as he left the store to "Have a nice day", turned round and replied "I'll have any kind of day I bloody well like". [To this effect, anyhow -- cited from memory].

I don't think 'catachresis' quite covers the OP enquiry. It could perhaps be identified as a variety of aposeopesis?

~M~