Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Cheville - A Word Peg

Some poems are so bad they just have to be plugged
(image by Martijn)

CHEVILLE

Noun. Plural pronounced same. Late 19th century.
[French = peg, pin, plug.]

1 A meaningless or redundant word or phrase inserted to round off a sentence or complete a verse. L19

2 A peg in a stringed musical instrument. L19

When writing poems
If your metre's not tight
Just add a cheville
And it'll all add up right

That's my hastily written example of a cheville.

Do you know of any others?

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