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strained or paradoxical use of words either in error (as 'blatant' to mean 'flagrant') or deliberately (as in a mixed metaphor: 'blind mouths')

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The issue is further complicated by the fact that some catachreses are also cited as examples of so-called dead metaphors in such a way that the focus may shift toward the problem of the temporal and historical process that underlies the fact that in our language there are a lot of apparently literal words that were initially figurative.
Through discussion, comparison and recognition of catachreses, Rashid has made strides toward understanding the gay German and his social context.
Esbeck, "Play in Joints between the Religion Clauses" and Other Supreme Court Catachreses, 34 HOFSTRA L.
In rhetorical terms at issue here is the effort to purge one's discourse of catachreses.
Something monstrous lurks in the most innocent of catachreses: when one speaks of the legs of the table or the face of the mountain, catachresis is already turning into prosopopeia [personification, literally "to give a face"], and one begins to perceive a world of potential ghosts and monsters.
"Texts are a system of forces institutionalized by the reigning culture at some human cost to its various components," writes Said: "Most of all, criticism is worldly and in the world so long as it opposes monocentrism, a concept I understand as working in conjunction with ethnocentrism, which licenses a culture to cloak itself in the particular authority of certain values over others." (88) If the terms of critical discourse do no more than recycle in amended form the ethnocentric assumptions of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century European writers and thinkers, then we are not doing our job as critics, nor are we doing justice to people whose identities continue to be misdescribed by the catachreses of chromaticism, nationalism and racial discourse.