Commoratio Repetition

Commoratio (A Type of Deliberate Repetition)

There are three main types of repetition: anaphora, epiphora, and commoratio.


Commoratio is deliberately repeating an idea back to back, but in different words. For example:
  • "It's not pinin'. It'sassed on! This parrot is no more! It has ceased to be! It's expired and gone to meet its maker! This is a late parrot! It's a stiff! Bereft of life, it rests in peace! If you hadn't nailed it to the perch, it would be pushing up the daisies! Its metabolical processes are of interest only to historians! It'sopped the twig! It'shuffled off this mortal coil! It's run down the curtain and joined the choir invisible! This is an ex-parrot!"
  • (Monty Python's Dead Parrot Sketch)
  • "Space is big. You just won't believe how vastly, hugely, mind-bogglingly big it is. I mean, you may think it's a long way down the road to the chemist's, but that's just peanuts to space.
  • (From The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams, 1952-2001)

Commoratio in Business Writing

Here is an example of how commoratio might appear in business correspondence:
  • We have considered your solution and are impressed by its practicality. It looks very viable. Very viable indeed.

See Also

What is anaphora? What is epiphora? Glossary of grammatical terms