Word of the Week Wednesday: Trope


Today’s Word of the Week is: trope.

One of the primary uses of the word is as a literary device of using words in ways other than their usual, literal meaning.  An example would be a metaphor.  This use comes from the concept of turning in the original Greek trópos, meaning turn.

While this is all well and good, and even somewhat interesting, the word has gotten more widespread recognition (at least on the internet) is its expanded meaning of: any device or convention used in fiction.

This meaning is used by one of my favorite time-wasting sites: TV Tropes (CAUTION: Enter this site at  your own risk and only if you’ve got hours to spend).

It’s to the point now that, when I think of tropes, I don’t think of metaphors or figures of speech, I think of stock characters and the berserk button.

Enjoy the site, and the tropes.  Just don’t say I didn’t warn you.

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About Dan Kingsepp, ACS, ALS
I'm starting this blog to share my thought on the use of the English language and my experiences as a Toastmaster.

One Response to Word of the Week Wednesday: Trope

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