Trope

Defined:  (n) trope, figure of speech, figure, image (language used in a figurative or nonliteral sense) NOUN

(Princeton University “About WordNet.” WordNet. Princeton University. 2010. <http://wordnet.princeton.edu>)

1. A figure of speech using words in nonliteral ways, such as a metaphor.
2. A word or phrase interpolated as an embellishment in the sung parts of certain medieval liturgies.
[Latin tropus, from Greek tropos, turn, figure of speech; see trep- in Indo-European roots.]

(The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition copyright ©2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.)

I haven’t heard a good medieval liturgy in a ‘coon’s age.  Don’t worry, I’m not going to sing for you.  We won’t go down that road.  Although my yodeling is the bee’s knees!

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Definitions:

Webster’s New World

the use of a word or words in a figurative sense a figure of speech; figurative language in general; a common, often conventional, theme, motif, style, etc.
in the medieval church, the interpolation of a phrase or passage into the authorized service: such passages were later developed into dramatic dialogues
any such passage

(Webster’s New World College Dictionary Copyright © 2010 by Wiley Publishing, Inc., Cleveland, Ohio.  Used by arrangement with John Wiley & Sons, Inc.)

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