Gk. poly- “many” and
syndeton “bound together with”
|couple clause, many-ands|
|Employing many conjunctions between clauses, often slowing the tempo or rhythm.|
|I said, "Who
killed him?" and he said, "I don't know who killed him but he's
dead all right," and it was dark and there was water standing
in the street and no lights and windows broke and
boats all up in the town and trees blown down and everything
all blown and I got a skiff and went out and found
my boat where I had her inside Mango Key and she was all right
only she was full of water.
Ernest Hemingway, "After the Storm."
|Sources:||Quintilian 9.3.53-54 ("acervatio"); Rutil. 1.14; Isidore 1.36.19; Peacham (1577) G4v, I4r; Putt. (1589) 186 ("polisindeton," "couple clause"); Day 1599 83|