to "trope"

Benjamin Zimmer bgzimmer at BABEL.LING.UPENN.EDU
Mon Jun 22 01:37:23 UTC 2009

On Sun, Jun 21, 2009 at 9:30 PM, Jonathan Lighter
<wuxxmupp2000 at> wrote:
> OED has this transitive verb,but not in the present sense: "to turn into or
> to employ as a metaphor or other rhetorical figure" (I think).
> 2001 Lidia Yuknivitch _Allegories of Violence_ (N.Y.: Routledge) 10: [I]
> suggest that we read war as a trope, a figure of thought on which meaning
> turns. The writing of war, the troping of war happens at the level of
> narrative language.

I used an ad-hoc intransitive in the title of a 2007 Language Log
post, "Stop him before he tropes again" (about Al Gore and the "crisis
= danger + opportunity" trope):

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